Estimating Sun Exposure of Children in Day Care Nurseries in South Oxfordshire, UK

Katarzyna A. Baczynska, Luke L.A. Price, Michael P. Higlett, Jacqueline O'Hagan

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Abstract

Exposure to ultraviolet radiation and sunburn during childhood and adolescence is linked to increased risks of melanoma and basal cell carcinoma later in life. Infants and toddlers are thought to be unusually vulnerable to UVR because of lower levels of melanin, a thinner stratum corneum and a higher surface area/body mass ratio. The aim of this study was to assess variations in the available erythema effective radiant doses to young children in day care nurseries in South Oxfordshire, UK over 7 years between 2008 and 2014. The data were analyzed in three distinct seasons according to a series of realistic exposure scenarios taking into account nursery routines. The results indicate the time of year when high doses are to be expected and provide strong support for arguments in favor of raising public awareness of sun protection earlier in the year.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-200
Number of pages8
JournalPhotochemistry and Photobiology
Volume92
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

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