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November 27, 2020 Friday 12:24:58 PM IST

Headaches and online learning

Parent Interventions

Children are spending more time in front of screens than ever before. Dr. Marc DiSabella, a neurologist at Children’s National Hospital, says he’s seen a spike in complaints about headaches since the school year began.

If your child is experiencing screen-induced headaches, Dr Marc advises try doing the following to help.

    Print out homework. Use paper when possible to limit time in front of computer.
    Take frequent screen breaks. Try following the 20/20/20 rule: every 20 minutes take a 20 second break and look 20 feet away or beyond.
    Skip the blue light filtering glasses. There’s no evidence that they protect the eyes.
    Structure your child’s day. A lack of structure is often tied to headaches and pain. Keep sleep schedules, exercise and screen time consistent.
    Reduce stress. Stress often causes headaches. Help your child reduce stress by encouraging them to exercise and practice mindfulness.
    Drink water! Dehydration can cause headaches so make sure your child has a water bottle nearby when they’re online.

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