Infants under the age of 1 should not be exposed to electronic screens, according to guidelines issued by the World Health Organization on Wednesday.
The agency issuing their first such guidelines also said that children 2 to 4 o'clock should not have more than one hour of "sitting screen time" – including computer games or television – per day. She also stressed that these young children need to be physically active and get enough sleep. Habits that help prevent obesity and other diseases in later life, the WHO said.
"Achieving health for all means doing what's best for health right from the beginning in people's lives," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a statement. "Early childhood is a time of rapid development and a time when family life patterns can be adjusted to increase health."
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Babies should not be exposed to any screens and instead interactive play on the floor, the WHO said. It was also recommended that children aged 1 to 4 years should have at least three hours of physical activity daily.
In summary, you can dig up the screens and share in reading, storytelling, singing and puzzles According to WHO, over 5 million deaths occur in all age groups in a given year worldwide. Almost a quarter of adults and 80 percent of adolescents are not active enough and learn harmful habits early on.
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"What we really need to do is bring something back to play for children," said Juana Willumsen, WHO expert on childhood obesity and physical activity. "It's about making the switch from sitting time to play time while protecting sleep.
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