The Influence of Vitamin D and Sunlight Exposure on Allergy Outcomes in Early Childhood

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Abstract

Environmental changes during critical periods of immune development are implicated in the rise of allergic disease. Increasing indoor lifestyle with reduced sunlight exposure and vitamin D production has been one proposed factor. This thesis investigated effects of postnatal vitamin D supplementation and sunlight exposure on allergic disease outcomes in early childhood. There was no difference between vitamin D supplemented and placebo groups in a randomized controlled trial design. However, children with eczema had less UV-light exposure. More studies are needed to understand the role of safe levels of UV-light exposure for allergy prevention in early life.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Prescott, Susan, Supervisor
  • Palmer, Debbie, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date25 Sep 2021
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2021

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