Concern over strain on children’s fingers

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Fears over the impact of mobile phone usage on children’s hands have been raised by a Preston health boss.

Councillor Dave Wilson, Preston Council’s lead member for health, has warned of the impact of continued repetitive movements.

He said: “I’m very, very worried about what’s happening to children’s fingers and thumbs when they use mobile phones all day.

“Typists get problems, there’s a prevalence of Repetitive Strain Injury in that field, so what’s it going to be like for these youngsters?”

Experts have echoed Coun Wilson’s fears, with some seeing two children a month with RSI from overuse of gadgets.

Many who operate games consoles and mobile phones can suffer inflammation which leads to pain in the upper arms and wrists.