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UCT study shows outdoor play boosts children’s immunity

# A University of Cape Town study reveals that children who engage in outdoor play develop stronger immune systems compared to those who are predominantly indoors. Titled Rural and Urban Exposures Shape Early Life Immune Development in South African Children with Atopic Dermatitis and Nonallergic Children, the study by UCT’s Division of Paediatric Dermatology and Paediatric Allergy found that rural upbringing positively impacts immune development, guarding against allergies. Exposure to animals and outdoor time fosters an immune regulatory network that defends against infections.