World Health Organization recommeds zero screen time for kids under one.

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WHO Recommends Zero Screen Time for Infants

April 25, 2019

Parents, it may be time to put the iPads away.

WHO, World Health Organization, released a report recommending more physical activity and less screen time for the little ones.

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A panel of WHO experts studied the benefits for increased sleep and physical activity among infants and toddlers from age one to four.

“Early childhood is a period of rapid development and a time when family lifestyle patterns can be adapted to boost health gains,” WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press release.

The report highlighted the importance of taking time away from screens to read or work on puzzles.

“What we really need to do is bring back play for children,”  said Dr. Juana Willumsen, WHO focal point for childhood obesity and physical activity. “This is about making the shift from sedentary time to playtime, while protecting sleep.”

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The full recommendation?

For infants under 1:

At least 30 minutes of tummy time, no restraints (strollers or highchairs etc.) for more than one hour, between 12 and 17 hours of sleep (naps included), and no screen time.

For 1-2-year-olds:

At least 180 minutes of phyiscal activity throughout the day, no restraints for more than one hour, 11 to 14 hours of sleep, and no more than an hour of screen time for 2-year-olds (not recommended at all for 1-year-olds.

For 3-4-year-olds:

180 minutes phyiscial activity (the more active the better), no restraints for more than one hour, 10 to 13 hours of sleep, and no more than an hour of screen time

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