Sun exposure and sun protection practices of children and their parents.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/201262
Title:
Sun exposure and sun protection practices of children and their parents.
Authors:
Kiely, A D; Hourihane, J
Affiliation:
University College Cork Department of Paediatrics, Cork University Hospital, Cork. adkiely@yahoo.co.uk
Citation:
Sun exposure and sun protection practices of children and their parents. 2009, 102 (5):139-40, 142-3 Ir Med J
Journal:
Irish medical journal
Issue Date:
May-2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/201262
PubMed ID:
19623808
Abstract:
The primary aims of this study were: to estimate sun exposure in hours of children in Cork during the summer months; to examine sun protection measures used by children and their parents and to explore parental knowledge of sun exposure and protection. A cross-sectional study, using a semi-structured questionnaire, was conducted in June 2006 in primary schools, pre-schools and creches throughout Cork City and County. Parents of 250 children aged less than 12 years were sampled. Mean sun exposure of Cork children was 40.9 hours per week in the summer months, with 77 (46.1%) children developing sunburn. 59.3% of the studied children were of skin type 1 or 2. 95 (57%) children on weekdays and 137 (82%) children at weekends were exposed to the sun between 11 am and 3 pm. Sunscreen and hats/caps were the most common protection measures used. A minority used protective clothing, sunglasses or sought shade. Thirty one (30.5%) children had sunscreen reapplied every 2 hours. Knowledge of sun protection was considerable among Irish parents. However the frequency of sunburn among Irish children suggests we are not providing them with adequate sun protection.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
The primary aims of this study were: to estimate sun exposure in hours of children in Cork during the summer months; to examine sun protection measures used by children and their parents and to explore parental knowledge of sun exposure and protection. A cross-sectional study, using a semi-structured questionnaire, was conducted in June 2006 in primary schools, pre-schools and creches throughout Cork City and County. Parents of 250 children aged less than 12 years were sampled. Mean sun exposure of Cork children was 40.9 hours per week in the summer months, with 77 (46.1%) children developing sunburn. 59.3% of the studied children were of skin type 1 or 2. 95 (57%) children on weekdays and 137 (82%) children at weekends were exposed to the sun between 11 am and 3 pm. Sunscreen and hats/caps were the most common protection measures used. A minority used protective clothing, sunglasses or sought shade. Thirty one (30.5%) children had sunscreen reapplied every 2 hours. Knowledge of sun protection was considerable among Irish parents. However the frequency of sunburn among Irish children suggests we are not providing them with adequate sun protection.
MeSH:
Adolescent; Adult; Child; Child, Preschool; Cross-Sectional Studies; Environmental Exposure; Female; Health Behavior; Health Surveys; Humans; Infant; Infant, Newborn; Ireland; Male; Middle Aged; Protective Clothing; Questionnaires; Risk-Taking; Ultraviolet Rays; Young Adult
ISSN:
0332-3102

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorKiely, A Den
dc.contributor.authorHourihane, Jen
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-10T15:24:50Z-
dc.date.available2012-01-10T15:24:50Z-
dc.date.issued2009-05-
dc.identifier.citationSun exposure and sun protection practices of children and their parents. 2009, 102 (5):139-40, 142-3 Ir Med Jen
dc.identifier.issn0332-3102-
dc.identifier.pmid19623808-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/201262-
dc.descriptionThe primary aims of this study were: to estimate sun exposure in hours of children in Cork during the summer months; to examine sun protection measures used by children and their parents and to explore parental knowledge of sun exposure and protection. A cross-sectional study, using a semi-structured questionnaire, was conducted in June 2006 in primary schools, pre-schools and creches throughout Cork City and County. Parents of 250 children aged less than 12 years were sampled. Mean sun exposure of Cork children was 40.9 hours per week in the summer months, with 77 (46.1%) children developing sunburn. 59.3% of the studied children were of skin type 1 or 2. 95 (57%) children on weekdays and 137 (82%) children at weekends were exposed to the sun between 11 am and 3 pm. Sunscreen and hats/caps were the most common protection measures used. A minority used protective clothing, sunglasses or sought shade. Thirty one (30.5%) children had sunscreen reapplied every 2 hours. Knowledge of sun protection was considerable among Irish parents. However the frequency of sunburn among Irish children suggests we are not providing them with adequate sun protection.en
dc.description.abstractThe primary aims of this study were: to estimate sun exposure in hours of children in Cork during the summer months; to examine sun protection measures used by children and their parents and to explore parental knowledge of sun exposure and protection. A cross-sectional study, using a semi-structured questionnaire, was conducted in June 2006 in primary schools, pre-schools and creches throughout Cork City and County. Parents of 250 children aged less than 12 years were sampled. Mean sun exposure of Cork children was 40.9 hours per week in the summer months, with 77 (46.1%) children developing sunburn. 59.3% of the studied children were of skin type 1 or 2. 95 (57%) children on weekdays and 137 (82%) children at weekends were exposed to the sun between 11 am and 3 pm. Sunscreen and hats/caps were the most common protection measures used. A minority used protective clothing, sunglasses or sought shade. Thirty one (30.5%) children had sunscreen reapplied every 2 hours. Knowledge of sun protection was considerable among Irish parents. However the frequency of sunburn among Irish children suggests we are not providing them with adequate sun protection.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subject.meshAdolescent-
dc.subject.meshAdult-
dc.subject.meshChild-
dc.subject.meshChild, Preschool-
dc.subject.meshCross-Sectional Studies-
dc.subject.meshEnvironmental Exposure-
dc.subject.meshFemale-
dc.subject.meshHealth Behavior-
dc.subject.meshHealth Surveys-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshInfant-
dc.subject.meshInfant, Newborn-
dc.subject.meshIreland-
dc.subject.meshMale-
dc.subject.meshMiddle Aged-
dc.subject.meshProtective Clothing-
dc.subject.meshQuestionnaires-
dc.subject.meshRisk-Taking-
dc.subject.meshUltraviolet Rays-
dc.subject.meshYoung Adult-
dc.titleSun exposure and sun protection practices of children and their parents.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity College Cork Department of Paediatrics, Cork University Hospital, Cork. adkiely@yahoo.co.uken
dc.identifier.journalIrish medical journalen
dc.description.provinceMunster-

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