Parents these days depend on electronic devices to keep their babies occupied and also to entertain them, most of the parents even brag about their child’s technological skills at a very young age. However, experts have warned parents to stop this habit to avoid ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Speaking on the sidelines of the first QBRI Autism Symposium recently, themed ‘Raising Awareness and Enabling Knowledge Exchange’, QBRI Senior Scientist Fouad Alshaban urged that children below three years old should be kept away from electronic devices to avoid attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).”Children need to have an opportunity to play with others, listen to the other family members as they talk, not just sitting and watching things on these devices,” said Alshaban.
He said that a child who’s immersed into electronic device is hyperactive and has attention deficit when he starts going to school. “We need to raise awareness to families not to let their children especially during their first three years of life to have those devices,” he said.
Speaking on the same issue during his presentation at the symposium,Dr Ahmad Mohammed Almai of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in the UAE said that more awareness about ADHD is required.”Awareness should start from the primary health care centres through pregnant women who attend their antenatal clinics.”
There are possibilities that it might cause delay in a child’s development. “Some children are two years and they are not able to say two words,” she said.