Boy, 6, from Philippines has face ticks from gadget overuse

FAMILY & KIDS

6-Year-Old Boy Developed Facial Seizures And Parents Believe Playing Video Games Is To Blame

Date June 12, 2019 11:54

We’ve been told overuse of gadgets leads to health issues. Research claims it can result in obesity, vision problems, and seizures. It sounds creepy, doesn’t it?

Yet, kids’ leisure is always associated with using electronic devices nowadays.

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The family from the Philippines could experience such negative effects first hand, as their 6-year-old son developed face ticks.

John Nathan Lising has always had perfect health, his parents claim. Then, he developed facial seizures all of a sudden. His eyes kept blinking, while his lips started shaking every 20 or 30 minutes.

Over-concerned by the boy’s condition, Edgar and Judee took him to a hospital, the College of the Immaculate Conception, in Cabanatuan, Citybut. A scan revealed his brain was absolutely healthy, so the family came back home. The ticks would not stop, though.

They had the boy checked in St Lukes Medical Centre. The doctors could not diagnose him either; the electroencephalogram scan showed that brain function was normal.

The parents think playing video games is to blame. As they revealed, their son would spend up to 9 hours a day starring at a screen.

He would watch cartoons on TV as soon as he woke up. Then from 3 pm when he came home from school until midnight he would play games on his smartphone or tablet.

Sometimes, he didn’t take a break until midnight. However, the parents had no clue it could harm little John.

John was happy and we never thought there would be a problem. Now he is experiencing ticks and seizures all day.

Facial spasms may be temporary. They usually occur in children, more often to boys, and stop within a few months. The spasms can be triggered by a number of conditions, including:

  • Stress;
  • Overexcitement;
  • Fatigue;
  • Heat;
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD);
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

The excessive use of screen time has been linked to developing ADHD and OCD symptoms.

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Parents are responsible for their children’s physical and mental well-being. Thus, by limiting the use of gadgets and suggesting alternative leisure activities, they prevent serious health damage and strengthen the bond within the family.

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