Excessive screen time during infancy may be linked to lower cognitive abilities later in childhood
According to a new study, the amount of time babies spend looking at computer, TV and phone screens in their first year of life may be indirectly linked to lower cognitive abilities later in life.
Babies who watched an average of two hours of screen time a day performed worse later, at age 9, on executive functions, according to the study, which was published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.
The researchers studied more than 400 children.
Other factors, such as a family's income level, also appeared to be associated with lower cognitive functioning scores.
However, the findings follow guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that children under the age of 2 should not spend screen time.
The AAP recommends that children ages 2 to 5 be limited to just one hour of screen time per day that is supervised by a caregiver.