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2-Year-Old Was So Into Gadgets That It Ruined Her Eyesight. What Were The Parents Thinking?

Date June 19, 2019 14:05

Gadgets are indispensable in the modern world. A small smartphone has literally replaced a number of things from a book and alarm clock, to miniature home theater and music player. Naturally, gadgets become part of children’s lives as well. Some parents decide to introduce their kids to the world of “smart” devices later on, while others don’t see anything wrong with the early exposure. Kids watch cartoons, play, and draw on phones or tablets. And just you try and take it away!

2-Year-Old Was So Into Gadgets That It Ruined Her Eyesight. What Were The Parents Thinking?

Everything needs to be in moderation. Unfortunately, the parents of a little girl from China called Xiao Man failed to follow this simple truth. The baby started watching entertainment shows on gadgets at the age of 1. Dad and mom didn’t see anything wrong with it because it calmed her down for some time.

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It was later that an alarm was sounded. The parents started to notice that the daughter frowned and squinted when looking into the distance, and also constantly rubbed her eyes. At first, they tried to wean her away from doing it, and then they got seriously worried. They took their 2-year-old girl to the doctor.

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It turned out that the girl had developed severe myopia (-9.0). The doctor could offer little consolation to the parents because myopia can progress over the years. The visual impairment was caused by the addiction to gadgets.

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The negative influence of gadgets could have been avoided if parents had limited their daughter and engaged her in various other activities. According to experts, young children should use gadgets no more than an hour a day. Schoolchildren – up to 2 hours.

2-Year-Old Was So Into Gadgets That It Ruined Her Eyesight. What Were The Parents Thinking?

Besides vision, gadgets affect the child’s psyche. To avoid negative consequences, take your children outside more often, play varied games with them, and monitor their sleep patterns. A child should normally sleep for 10 hours a day. This time provides sufficient rest for the eyes.

A child's health is in the parents’ hands. Who else if not us, adults, can protect children from the negative impact of the world!


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