Many families enjoy watching a favourite television show or movie together. But too much time in front of the TV or computer can help make your child overweight and affect reading, schoolwork, and talking with family and friends. It cuts down on time for physical activity, such as sports or other outside play. The more TV kids watch, the more likely they are to eat unhealthy foods. Being physically active helps your child stay at a healthy weight. Less TV time means more family time together.
You may be thinking about limiting TV and computer time, but you are not sure how to begin. You also may not be sure if your family is ready for this change. Cutting back on TV does not mean watching no TV at all. It means being careful about what and how much your child watches. Making this kind of change can be hard, and it takes time. You do not have to make this change all at once. Even cutting back on some TV or computer time can help. Your child can spend that time riding a bike with friends or spending time with the family.
Remember that your doctor can offer information and support as you think about making this change.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child’s treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It’s also a good idea to know your child’s test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
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Current as of: July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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