How many hours does an infant spend in front of screens?

The data of a new research are worrying

How many hours does an infant spend in front of screens?

Researchers at the US National Institutes of Health have found how many hours infants spend in front of screens (TV, computer, mobile phone).

A one-year-old spends an average of almost 1 hour (53 minutes) in front of a television screen, a computer, or a cell phone.

At the age of three, this time increases to about 2,5 hours (150 minutes), according to a new US scientific study.

They spend most of their time in front of screens children of mothers for the first time, those who do not go to daycare but stay at home under the supervision of a parent, relative or babysitter, as well as those who have parents with a lower educational level.

Until the age of eight, these children continue to spend more time on a screen, compared to their peers, the APE-MPE broadcasts.

Researchers from the US National Institutes of Health, as well as the Universities of New York and Albany, published in the American medical journal JAMA Pediatrics, studied nearly 4.000 children aged 12 to 36 months and later the same children when they became seven to eight years old.

"Our findings show that the habits in front of them displays start very early. Therefore, interventions to reduce time in front of a screen will be more likely to succeed, if they also start early, "said researcher Edwina Yeung.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children up to the age of 18 months do not come into contact with digital devices at all, and that screens be introduced slowly and sparingly at the age of 18 to 24 months.

Between the ages of two and five, staying in front of any screen should not exceed a total of one hour a day. But according to new research, almost nine out of ten children (87%) exceed this limit.