BY MALLIKA MARSHALL, MD, AUGUST 23, 2023 / 5:58 PM / CBS BOSTON
BOSTON – There are more reasons to limit your baby’s screen time.
It’s easy to hand your toddler a phone or tablet to keep them entertained when you need a break, but there’s a growing body of research suggesting too much screen time could harm their development.
Japanese researchers studied more than 7,000 mother-child pairs and found that greater screen time at age 1 was associated with delays in communication and problem-solving at ages 2 and 4 years. In fact, compared to 1-year-olds who used screens less than an hour a day, those who spent four or more hours a day on screens were much more likely to experience problems with communication, problem-solving, and personal and social skills by age 2.
The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages screen use in children younger than 18 to 24 months.
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