How much screen time is too much for your kids?  Could too much time on a device lead to developmental delays in children?

Our friend, Dr. Mary McAteer, shared this article with which finds a correlation between screen time and speech delays in children.

The article is from NBC15 in Madison, WI.

“MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) — A new study reveals some startling findings when your child spends too much time on the iPad.

The study presented at this year’s Pediatric Academic Societies meeting finds that children between six months and two years using handheld devices are more likely to develop speech delays.

This includes the inability to produce words as well as put words together.

Instead, researchers say it’s the interaction between a loving, caring adult and a child that drives development, not the screen.

“The chance for them to catch up becomes harder and harder the older they get. I never want to find speech delay at age four or five because the ability of the brain to rewire itself is already starting to decline by age five,” said Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UW-Madison.

Dr. Navsaria says even having a TV on in the background has been found to result in language delay.

He discourages any screen use for children between the ages of six months to two years.

Dr. Navsaria encourages parents and kids to check out the American Academy of Pediatric digital media use plan.

The plan allows families to take a look at suggested guidelines, rules and limits as well as print out a contract for your own family.

You can find a link to the media plan here.

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