Handheld screen use in toddlers linked to speech delays, study finds

Handheld screen use in toddlers linked to speech delays, study finds

Handheld screen use in toddlers linked to speech delays, study finds

HAS suggested that as children under the age of two spend more time using handheld smartphones, tablets or other electronic devices, their risk of having problems with their speech increases.

"Handheld devices are everywhere these days", said Dr. Catherine Birken, the study's principal investigator and a staff pediatrician and scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in the Canada.

Researchers said there was no obvious link between screen time and delays in other communications methods such as body language.

Children's use of handheld electronic devices is becoming increasingly normalized, but new data shows screen time could be associated with language delays in infants.

The study is scheduled to be presented Saturday at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting, in San Francisco.

The study looked at the progress of 894 children between the ages of six months and two years. By their 18th month check-up, about 20 percent of the children have an average screen time of 28 minutes.

Researchers say the study supports recent recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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But they added that more research is needed to understand the type and contents of screen activities infants are engaging in to further explore mechanisms behind the link between handheld screen time and speech delay.

These children were participating in a practice-based research network known as "TARGet Kids!", which occurred in Toronto between 2011 and 2015.

Sleep is important for the development of the brain, especially during the first few years of life.

"Infants with more handheld screen time have an increased risk of an expressive speech delay". But today, handheld devices are ubiquitous, which is part of the reason why there is more attention and perhaps concern about the impact they might have on kids, especially babies.

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Devices are a reality today, but parents need to be informed, she said. It's not unusual to see a toddler playing on an iPad while mom and dad are having dinner, or the whole family gathered around the couch while everyone eats and watches TV.

And make no mistake, it affects a child's development.

Raising a child is a joyous thing, but kids can be demanding.

But most parents today, even those who are aware of the research, may find it useful to let their baby be preoccupied by a handheld device from time to time and that's OK, said Kolker, who is also a mom of two. This means an increasing number of children will have access to them.

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