Speech Delays Caused by Cell Phones, Tablets

Cell Phones Cause Speech Delays – In this amazing world of technology, it’s really easy to hand your cell phone or tablet to your little one.  After all it will keep them occupied while you complete the task at hand right?  New research shows this may not be a good idea…

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Cell Phones Cause Speech Delays: Just last week CNN released some new research showing that babies who use tablets and smart phones may be prone to speech delays.  “Anyone raising a child today has likely fretted about screen time and wondered about the impact of devices on our kids. Does the technology affect their brains? Does it limit their social development? Could it harm them emotionally? Could it delay when they start talking? (CNN)”

In fact a new study, released just his past Thursday shows some startling findings.  In fact experts are presenting at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting.  Curious?  The study found that the more time children between the ages of six months and two years spent using handheld screens such as smartphones, tablets and electronic games, the more likely they were to experience speech delays.
“I believe it’s the first study to examine mobile media device and communication delay in children,” said Dr. Catherine Birken, the study’s senior investigator and a pediatrician and scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario. “It’s the first time that we’ve sort of shone a light on this potential issue, but I think the results need to be tempered (because) it’s really a first look.” However, experts also recommend caution, as this is a preliminary study.  In fact, they recommend more research to further investigate these findings.
Meanwhile, I have to say that I personally, would keep my infants away from these devices for the time being.

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Cell Phones may cause speech delays.
Cell Phones may cause speech delays.