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Screen time for Young Children

Screen Time and Toddlers

New research shows that children who use handheld screens before they begin to talk are at a higher risk of language delays.

A Toronto study of 894 children ages 6 months to 2 years were part of the study that ranged from 2011-2015. 

By their 18 month check-up, 20% of the children used a device for an average of 28 minutes a day as reported by their parents.  Using a screening tool for language delay, researchers found that the more screen time a parent reported; the more likely the child was to have expressive language delays.

Each 30 minute increase in hand held screen time use translated to a 49% increase of expressive language delay. 

These results support a recent recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics that discourages any screen time for children under 18 months

 

 

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