Answers to Common Children’s Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about pediatric health.

How much screen time should a child have each day?

Dr. Allen discusses how much screen time a child can have. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Screen time is a term used to talk about any kind of activity done in front of a screen, including watching TV, playing video games, or working on a computer or a tablet.

While these activities can be beneficial from time to time, they keep people away from being physically active and don’t promote a healthy lifestyle, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

In young children, too much screen time each day, according to the NIH, can cause:

  • Attention problems
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Weight gain

The current guideline for screen time, according to the NIH, are as follows:

  • Children under 2 years old - no screen time
  • Children over 2 years old – limited screen time of 1 to 2 hours each day

Talk to your doctor for more information about how much screen time is right for your child.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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