Young children using handheld devices could have speech delays

Handheld devices for 30 MINUTES a day stunts speech

Confirming this, a new study has warned that spending too much time on smartphones, tablets and other devices may delay speech development in toddlers.

Then they found that every 30 minutes of daily screen time will lead to a 49-percent increased risk of delayed speech. Birken and colleagues though did not find an association between mobile device screen time and other communication delays such as body language, gestures, and social interactions. Per Doctors Lounge, the abstract will be explained on May 6 as part of the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting that will last until May 9.

The study included 894 children aged between six months and two years. According to this demo's parents, 20% of the kids had daily average handheld device use of 28 minutes by the time of their 18-month check-ups.

Now the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises that children under 18 months avoid viewing screen media other than video-chatting.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed. They looked at a range of things, including whether the child uses sounds or words to get attention or help and puts words together, and how many words the child uses. Instead, they now recommend that parents choose high-quality programming which they will watch with their children.

Dr. Lolita McDavid, a pediatrician at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, said the study was not at all surprising since she is increasingly seeing parents not speak to their children and instead given them device to keep them entertained.

A recent study by University College London found that screen time can also impact the sleep of infants, and possibly harm brain development.

"We do know that young kids learn language best through interaction and engagement with other people, and we also know that children who hear less language in their homes have lower vocabularies". In the United States, some children begin using mobile gadgets before they could even learn how to talk.

However, the study's principal investigator Dr. Catherine Birken told CNN that the results need to be "tempered".

Literacy consultant Sue Palmer, author of the book Toxic Childhood, said: "The early stages of language acquisition need to be interactive".

Playing with an iPad is not exactly the healthiest thing for babies and toddlers.

Children given handheld smartphones and tablets as "electronic babysitters" struggle more with language skills, research shows.

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