by A. Grano on September 12th, 2011 at 7:00 am
Have you noticed an increase in your child’s ADHD symptoms at home? Or has your child’s teacher reported a decreased ability in your child to stay on task and focus? If so, you may want to consider how much time your child is spending in front of the TV or playing video games. An Iowa State University study found that both activities are associated with increased attention problems in children.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children should not exceed two hours of screen time daily. While the Iowa study noted that there is not an exact number of hours that contributes to increased attention problems, participants who exceeded this recommended limit were found to be 1.5 to 2 times more likely to have issues.
The exact causation why increased screen exposure time appears to lead to attention problems is not clear. Researchers suspect that it may be attributable to the rapidly changing pace typical of TV and video games, which in turn leads to changes in the brain, as these activities “train” the brain to respond to and “demand” constant stimulation. Therefore, when a child is in the classroom or doing homework, it can become much harder to focus and stay interested on the task at hand.
Besides minimizing your child’s TV and video game time, natural remedies can help promote attention span. In addition, keep in mind the following:
- Make sure your child gets sufficient rest, as sleep is often sacrificed to “watch the end of a movie”. However, regular sleeping patterns are crucial for optimum memory and concentration.
- Feed your child small meals throughout the day, and avoid heavy meals that can cause sluggishness before studying. And don’t forget breakfast! A hungry stomach can also be a distraction.
- Encourage exercise. Regular exercise not only promotes overall health but also helps improve concentration.
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