Children’s Hospital in Boston in a television controversy

There are TVs all over the hospital despite the recommendation that children under 2 should not be watching TV. The hospital says it distracts from sometimes painful treatment:

Before installing the televisions in the new cardiac unit last year, she said, the hospital sought input from patients’ families and found overwhelming interest in having television. The parents wanted them not just as a distraction for the children but also as entertainment for parents who are there for long stretches, including times when a child is sleeping. Shaw said the hospital is “aware of and, to the extent possible, respectful” of the pediatrics academy guideline. There are no televisions in the neonatal intensive care unit, for instance.

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