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The Night Light is ON in the Kid Room – Should You Be Concerned?
There's little more important for your child's development than a good night sleep.
However, too bright a night light CAN cause eye problems – even myopia (or short-sightedness.) Too faint a light would not help to chase away his / her scary monsters at all. Either way, it would be your job to fight off some very unwelcome visitors, indeed. But only, if you are not prepared.
But striking the right balance between too bright and too faint may not be enough. There are other important things to consider.
Night lights often come with enticing bells and whistles. Do not fall for them. As with everything, keep your own sense of balance and remain focused. And it's not as easy as it sounds.
If you are a practicing parent, you will be familiar with those fancy lampshades that just have to show the latest cartoon characters. The scenario is oft repeated: – Your child instantly falls for them. And you promptly follow suit. (Yeah – dare not to …) But watch out. While those shades are almost always easy to replace, often the bulbs are not. So before hurling your precious find in your shopping basket ASK yourself first: – Just what is MORE important? To get the newest character from the latest movie craze if your child will not see that for the LACK of light. (How that happens I'll show you shortly.) Or is it MORE important to have a reliable source of light for his / her (and YOURS) good night sleep. If you're like me, you've value the very little time left for some quality deep-sleep. And if so, you might want to go for reliability.
Do not chase the latest characters on those fancy shades if what you trade away is the convenience you get with a reliably replaceable light bulb.
Or better still, go for LED.
Suppose you found one day, (right after you tucked them in) that the light bulb is out. Suppose you then went looking for the RIGHT low wattage bulb for the type of super-fancy shade you chose (yes I did fall for those too.) If you are fed up with such an empty quest like I was – or for any other reason – LED night light (with those smart Light Emitting Diodes instead of a light bulb) may be a much better relief from your pain. Because a really reliable LED light will not need replacement until your little one grows into his / her ripe old teen years.
And how about the brightness of your night light? …
… Can it really indicate myopia at a later age?
Recent studies make some disturbing correlation between increased number of teenage myopia and the brightness of light a young child is exposed to while sleeping. Here you can find more information on this: http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/s25076.htm .
Again, the main thing to keep in mind is to stay focused. Try not to succumb to customer hysteria. Not with a night light, please.
When I looked closer, this is what I found in the article. It is likely that the intensity of the light used what matters, not the actual fact of using a night light. But you may want to compare this with your family reality. Does your child sleep in the same room as you do? If so, you'd probably have a little too bright a light on most of the night. Just think of your reading light for instance. In our family we decided to have a separate kid room from day one. And by now, we simply could not live without a night light being on ALL night in that room. Not that we did not try what it would be without. On the regular occasions, when the bulb burnt out we had no other choice. Since the night light became part of my child's sleeping routing (and not other would do of course) the uneasy darkness went on for all the fruitless days of hunting for a replacement bulb. And it did not really work out. However, after throwing out the fancy but impractical one for good, the soft fault glow light that we ended up using does not worry me in the least. And the little one sleeps through the night, (all nights) which is quite a bonus.
In a nutshell …
Night lights (LED night lights too) often come with enticing bells and whistles. Just make sure your
one is not so bright that it may affect your child's health. More importantly, the light (or the lack of it) should not distract your child and you (as a result) from a well deserved good night sleep.
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