How much screen time should a child get? Parents of a toddler in China were alarmed to learn that their daughter’s eyesight was ruined by her smartphone addiction.
The two-year-old girl from Jiangsu, known as Xiao Man, was recently diagnosed with severe myopia after her parents took her to see a doctor.
According to Chinese media reports, Xiao Man started watching shows on the phone since she was around one year old.
Her parents were not strict with her screen time and they often let her use the device for long periods as it was the only thing that kept her quiet whenever she was acting up.
As time passed, the girl’s parents noticed that she was frowning and squinting while watching shows on the electronic device, and often rubbing her eyes.
At first, they chalked the behaviour down to a bad habit but decided to take her to the doctors for a second opinion.
To their shock, their daughter was diagnosed with severe myopia at nearly 900 degrees.
The doctors informed the family that the condition was irreversible, and her eyesight could get worse as she grows up.
Doctors also shared that the girl’s case was due to prolonged and premature usage of electronic devices.
Kids below five years old must play more, sleep well and have little or no screen time. That’s what the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends in its new guidelines issued on April 24.
Click here for WHO’s recommendations for different age groups.
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A version of this article first appeared in Asiaone; additional reporting by Young Parents.
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