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Eye Health: How to Protect Your Child’s Eyes While They’re Glued to The Screens

Trusted Senior Director Pediatrics, Kelly Ann Williams MSN, CPNP-AC, PNP-BC, has an important reminder for parents whose kids are using screens more than ever before.

Mom and dads, it’s no secret- kids are in front of screens now more than ever before. Growing up in the digital age, from virtual learning to computers, video games, and iPads, kids are averaging about 6 hours of screen time a day and teens almost 9 hours! Although this may seem like “everyday” behavior and normal routine, too much exposure to screen time can lead to behavior and sleep problems and damage the overall health of your child’s eyes. 

Child boy using his mobile phone at home.

If you find that your child or teen is constantly glued to their phone or television screen- don’t panic! Our Sr. Director of Pediatrics at Trusted Medical, Kelly Ann, is here to share some tips to help you protect your child’s eyes from suffering as a result of too much screen time. 

Too Much Screen Time Can Damage Your Child’s Eyes 

Eye health is critical to your child’s overall physical health but it’s generally something that is overlooked. Too much screen time for kids can damage their vision and the overall health of their eyes. It can strain their eyes causing eye fatigue, dry and irritated eyes, and it can also cause loss of focus flexibility where children find it difficult to adjust to distance vision after staring at a screen.

Limit Your Child’s Screen Time 

 It’s important to set clear limits on how much your child is on screens. You can monitor your child’s screen time by encouraging him or her to spend time outdoors and get exposure to natural daylight – which helps develop their eyes. Establish screen-free zones — like no screen time during meals, in the car, or before bed. And set a clear rule that every 20 mins of screen time means a 2-minute screen-free break. It’s very important to note that while they ARE using the screens — Make sure the distance from the screen to the eyes is 20-40 inches.

Schedule Your Child’s Annual Eye Exam 

Lastly, your child must be scheduled for their yearly eye exam by a pediatric ophthalmologist or optometrist starting at age 6.

And remember — If your child develops headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, itchy or pain in the eyes seek medical attention — which you can find right here at Trusted Pediatrics. 

As always, we are here for you – “caring for yours as if they were our own.”

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How Much Exercise is Right for Kids?

Many of us are spending more time at home because of COVID-19. Unfortunately, more time at home means less exercise for many children who are missing out on recess, P.E. classes, and extracurricular activities. Exercise is critical to children’s health. No matter the age, children need exercise because it helps them sleep better, reduce stress, and improves their overall physical and mental health. 

So, how much exercise does your child need exactly? 

Our Sr. Director of Pediatrics at Trusted Medical, Kelly Ann Williams, MSN, CPNP-AC, PNP-BC answers this question and shares tips to help you ensure that your child is getting the amount of exercise that he or she needs. 

Infants

Children, as young as infants, need daily exercise. Infants need at least 30 minutes of exercise a day- that includes tummy time, reaching for objects, or crawling. All of these daily exercises your little one can do from the comfort of your home. 

Toddlers

Toddlers need about 3 hours of exercise per day on average. The time of exercise can be spread throughout the day. They can easily get exercise by playing with their toys or pushing activity walkers. 

Children (Ages 3-5)

Just like toddlers, children ages 3-5 years old need at least 3 hours of daily exercise spread throughout the day. However, they also need 60 minutes of moderate exercise that increases their heart rate. Activities such as running outside while at home, playing with balls, and learning to ride a bike are all great activities that children can do to meet their daily exercise requirement.

Children (School-Age) 

School age children need at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical exercise per day. While at home, school age children can get exercise by jumping rope, throwing a ball, running or jumping activities. 

Teens

Teenagers need to exercise at least 30-60 minutes a day, three to four times a week. These can include physical activities and exercises they can do at home, including yoga, running, dancing, or any other sports related activity. 

Here is a fun idea to try while your family is at home: Try exercising together! This can include taking a family walk, putting some music on for a family dance party, making household chores an exercise game, or going for a family bike ride. 

Exercising together as a family is a great way to spend time together and bond, while also making sure the entire family is getting the required amount of daily exercise needed for their age range. 

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My Trusted Pediatrics: Bringing Pediatrics Right to your Doorstep

When it comes to your family’s health, we know time is of the essence, which is why we offer pediatrics right at your doorstep so that your child can spend less time in the waiting room and more time getting the care that he or she needs.

There is nothing more frustrating than having a sick child and spending hours or days waiting for an appointment with a pediatric specialist, only to feel rushed through it at the end.

My Trusted Pediatrics offers an easier, more convenient way for your child to receive proper care and treatment by bringing you a variety of pediatrics right to your doorstep.

“This is a mother’s dream,” said Kelly Ann Williams, Senior Director of Pediatrics, “to be able to call a pediatric specialist at any time of the day, night, weekend, and not have to make an appointment with their pediatrician, and not have to drag all of their kids to the ER to wait.”

Your child can rest from the comfort of their own bed and wait for their pediatric specialist to visit them at home. Our pediatric specialists can treat your child’s illnesses, injuries, run tests, and perform physical exams.

My Trusted Pediatrics: Our experts will visit your home
My Trusted Pediatrics: Our experts will visit your home

 Other services include:

  • X-Rays
  • COVID Testing
  • Vaccinations
  • Evaluate Nutrition
  • Evaluate Behavioral Health
  • Provide Wellness Check-Ups

“For the child, it gives the child a huge sense of comfort to be able to be treated in the comfort of their own home and not have to be exposed to other sick children and be in a cold doctor’s office,” said Williams.

My Trusted Pediatrics comes just in time for cold and flu season when thousands of children get sick and need medical care and treatment.

Whether it’s the common cold, a fever, an injury, or a sports physical, our pediatric specialists are available to answer your calls at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Pediatric visits to the home are available for all ages, from infants to 21 years old, and are Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-9:00 pm and Saturday-Sunday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

“It’s the fever at 6 pm at night when the doctor’s office is closed or if Johnny is jumping on the bed, but he jumps and hits his head at 9 pm” shares Hoselton. “I am just beyond excited to start this service. It has been a dream of mine for so long because I have gone to my friend’s house because they’ve called me in the middle of the night with their children up with fevers. Now I am able to give back to the community, and this is just very exciting.”

At My Trusted Pediatrics, we are “caring for yours, as if they were our own (in the comfort of your own home), bringing pediatrics right to your doorstep.

Want to learn more about our services? Give us a call now to speak with our pediatric expert and schedule a same-day visit.