Babies and toddlers may be delayed in development by screen time

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A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggested that children should be prohibited from using screens until the age of three as it could lead to developmental delays.

According to findings of the study, when babies and toddlers are allowed screen time, they can exhibit atypical sensory behaviors that may be linked to neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

According to the study, screen time for one-year-olds increased their risk of experiencing sensory processing problems at 33 months of age, with a 105% greater likelihood being attributable to screen time than those not exposed to screen time.

There is an increased risk of negative behavior in children with these conditions, including the inability to motivate themselves, being slow in responding to environmental stimuli, seeking a more intense level of stimulation in the environment, or feeling overwhelmed by loud noises or bright lights.

As well as this, researchers found that baby screen time, along with their age, significantly influenced the development of their brains.

The number of children who have sensory problems increases by 23% at 18 months of age, but the number drops to 20% at 24 months of age. Children’s screen time should be restricted or restricted to three to five hours per day for those under three years of age.

The research published in JAMA Pediatrics indicates, however, that children between the ages of two and three spend over three hours and three minutes a day playing.

Dr. David Bennett, a Drexel professor of psychiatry and the study’s senior author, stated in a statement, “Parental education and training are essential if we are to minimize, or at least to avoid, screen time for children under two years of age.”

It is true that video chatting is an exception to this rule, as the social aspects of video chatting are likely to aid the growth of a child.

Behavioral disorders, language delays, difficulty solving problems, and sleep disturbances are just a few of the alarming consequences that are probably related to screen time, and the study adds to the long list.

Furthermore, in recent years, the prevalence of autism as well as Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has dramatically increased in comparison to earlier years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that, in America, one in 36 eight-year-olds will be diagnosed with autism in 2020, up from one in 44 in 2018.

CDC has been measuring the prevalence of ADHD in the United States since 1997, which indicates that it is steadily on the rise.

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