Speech delays in toddlers linked time using smartphones, tablets

Letting a baby or toddler use a smartphone or tablet may lead to delays in talking, a new study suggests.

“Handheld devices are everywhere these days,” said principal investigator Dr. Catherine Birken, a staff pediatrician and scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

“While new pediatric guidelines suggest limiting screen time for babies and toddlers, we believe that the use of smartphones and tablets with young children has become quite common. This is the first study to report an association between handheld screen time and increased risk of expressive language delay,” she said in an American Academy of Pediatrics news release.

Expressive language is the ability to convey feelings and information, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The findings support a recent AAP policy recommendation to discourage any type of screen media in children younger than 18 months, Birken said.

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