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No sedentary screen time for babies, WHO says

Should not be restrained (ie into a recliner, seat or sling) for more than an hour at a time [19659011] For one-and two-year-olds: At least three hours' physical activity a day No-one-year-olds one-year-olds and less than an hour for two-year-olds 11-14 hours' sleep a day, including naps Should not be restored for more than an hour at a time or for extended periods of time For three- and four-year-olds:At least three hours 'physical activity a day, including at least one of moderate or powerful intensity Up to an hour of sedentary screen time – less is better 10-13 hours' sleep a day, which may include a nap Should not be restored for more than an hour at a time or for extended periods of time The WHO advice is based on available evidence, but there is still a lack of definitive research into the However, it was uniquely young children gained from passive, sedentary viewing, said one of the guideline authors, Dr Juana Willumsen. "Sedentary time should be made into quality time. Reading a book with your child, for example, can help them develop their language skills. " A child who is given a tablet to keep them quiet while they are sitting "Children need to be given opportunities during the day to play and we should reduce sedentary, passive screen time," she said. Some TV programs that encouraged young children to move about while viewing might be OK, especially if the parent or caregiver was also present to explain…

Should not be restrained (ie into a recliner, seat or sling) for more than an hour at a time [19659011] For one-and two-year-olds:

  • At least three hours’ physical activity a day
  • No-one-year-olds one-year-olds and less than an hour for two-year-olds
  • 11-14 hours’ sleep a day, including naps
  • Should not be restored for more than an hour at a time or for extended periods of time

For three- and four-year-olds:

  • At least three hours ‘physical activity a day, including at least one of moderate or powerful intensity
  • Up to an hour of sedentary screen time – less is better
  • 10-13 hours’ sleep a day, which may include a nap
  • Should not be restored for more than an hour at a time or for extended periods of time

The WHO advice is based on available evidence, but there is still a lack of definitive research into the However, it was uniquely young children gained from passive, sedentary viewing, said one of the guideline authors, Dr Juana Willumsen.

“Sedentary time should be made into quality time. Reading a book with your child, for example, can help them develop their language skills.

” A child who is given a tablet to keep them quiet while they are sitting

“Children need to be given opportunities during the day to play and we should reduce sedentary, passive screen time,” she said.

Some TV programs that encouraged young children to move about while viewing might be OK, especially if the parent or caregiver was also present to explain and join.

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What other experts think?

In the US, experts say children should not use screens before they are 18 months old.

In Canada, screen time for children

Dr Max Davie, from the RCPCH, said: “The restricted screen time limits suggested by the WHO do not seem proportionate to the potential.

“Our research has shown that currently there is not enough evidence to support the setting of screen time limits.

“It is difficult to see how households with mixed-age children can shield a baby from any screen exposure at all, as is recommended.

” Overall, these WHO guidelines serve as useful benchmarks to help steer families towards active and healthy lifestyles – but without the right support in place, striving for the perfect could become the enemy of the good. “

Dr Tim Smith, a brain development expert at the University of London, said parents were being bombarded with conflicting advice, which could be confusing.

“There is currently no clear evidence for the specific duration limits proposed at this age range.

“While the report is a potentially helpful step in distinguishing sedentary screen time from active screen-based games, where physical activity is required, this remains an oversimplification of the many ways young children and their families engage with screen media.”

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Paula Morton has two pre-school children

What can parents do?

Paula Morton, a teacher and mother of two young children, said her son learned a lot from watching programs about dinosaurs and came out with “random facts about them”

“He

“He’s obviously thinking and using his brain.

” I didn’t know how to make the dinner, cook and clean if he didn’t have something to watch. “

According to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, parents can ask themselves:

  • Is screen time controlled?
  • Does screen use interfere with what your family want to do? [19659010] Do you use screen interfaces with sleep?
  • Are you able to control snacking during screen time?

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