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Video: Expert discusses screen time tips for your toddler's brain

Video: Expert discusses screen time tips for your toddler's brain
Credit: Mayo Clinic News Network

The average American toddler spends up to two hours per day in front of a screen, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which has been studying the effect of screen time and media on children for decades. And it's not just TV anymore, with smartphones and tablets becoming increasingly ever-present.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Nusheen Ameenuddin, a Mayo Clinic pediatrician who is an active member of the AAP, discusses the real effects of screen time on toddlers and if there's a certain amount of screen time that's OK.

Credit: Mayo Clinic News Network

Smartphones, TVs, tablets … screens are everywhere, making it easier than ever for smaller screens to get into smaller hands.

"The main concern that we have with screens and is the fact that screens oftentimes do not provide the same level of educational or interactive back-and-forth input that they need for ," says Dr. Ameenuddin.

Studies have shown that even supposedly for children under 2 years old can potentially have a on language development and ability to build .

Dr. Ameenuddin says, while there's no strong benefit of technology to kids under 2, there are exceptions to the "no screen time" recommendation.

"That doesn't mean that families can't have video chats with relatives. That's just as important for grandparents and other relatives as it is for young children," says Dr. Ameenuddin. "We know that it's hard for parents, and I don't want anyone to feel bad or to feel guilty. I think the best thing to do is just remember that most things, in moderation, are OK."

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