ADHD risk may be linked to young kid’s TV time

I heard a story on NPR’s Morning Edition on Monday about an a study published in the journal Pediatrics that shows a possible link between ADHD and the amount of television watched by infants and young children. (You can listen to the NPR story here). While more randomized testing needs to be done, there defiantly appears to be an increased risk for children acquiring ADHD by watching TV when they are infants and toddlers. The extend of the correlation needs to be further investigated and from what I was able to find no one is advocating making drastic changes in your child’s television habits, but just something for which parents should be aware. (The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no TV before age 2 and that children over 2 be limited to one to two hours a day of educational material on TV or other screen media.) For additional information, check out this Seattle Times article or this article on the Pioneer Press website.

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