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A Generation of ADHD

As you are well aware, we are anti-TV for our little girl; in fact, I don't think she has ever watched even 5 consecutive minutes of TV, ever.  We don't turn ours on when she's awake.  However, one thing I learned from the OT sleep consultant is that iPhones are also a no-no for babies.  Though we weren't exactly leaving Baby Loquacious with a phone for hours on end, she probably did get a pretty sizeable amount of "face time" with the Fisher Price apps every couple of days (like, maybe an hour/day, 3-4 times a week?).

When the OT raised her concerns, she also pointed us to a Ted Talk done by a research pediatrician named Dimitri Christakis.

Here's the video:

It's not a long video but so worth watching, to learn how media for babies today affects their impressionable, developing brains.  I've long condemned the TV-as-babysitting practice of some parents that I know, but equally damaging are those of us/them who are using iPhones and iPads as baby entertainment.  I don't want to be raising a baby who will have attention challenges when she gets to school, but even as a teacher I know and have noticed that attention spans aren't what they used to be, and little ones now seem to want bigger and more exciting things to keep them engaged.

Let's not be guilty of raising a generation of children with ADHD.  It is your responsibility to keep your little one(s) healthy, and your job to give them the best opportunities in life.  Do it.


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