Too much screen time for five-year-olds may increase risk of ADHD

Too much screen time for five-year-olds may increase risk of ADHD

On its website, ABC News (4/17, Rosenblatt) reports, “A new study out of the University of Alberta has found that by the age of 5, children who spent two hours or more looking at a screen each day were 7.7 times more likely to meet the criteria for a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) when compared to children who spent 30 minutes or less each day on a screen.” The findings were published in PLOS ONE. The article adds, “The American Academy of Pediatrics currently recommends limiting screen use to a maximum of one hour a day of high-quality programming for preschool children ages 2 to 5.”

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