Fussy babies watch more TV
Despite all of the Baby Einstein videos and great Sprout programming, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that babies and toddlers should not be watching any television. According to the AAP, children under the age of 2 who watch TV could suffer developmental delays, among other health problems. Even older children can suffer health issues from watching too much TV.
With that said, I had a very fussy baby/toddler, and if she had been more interested in TV than her highly entertaining older brother, I'm ashamed to say, I might have been tempted to let her watch. And apparently I'm not alone.
"Mothers are using television as a way to soothe these infants who might be a little bit more difficult to deal with," said senior study author Amanda Thompson, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill.
The researchers also found there was a higher risk of infant TV watching if mothers are obese or heavy TV watchers themselves. They also found that the more education mothers had, the less likely they were to keep the TV running during the meals.
The researchers are also doing a study to see if they can help moms find alternatives to TV watching for calming their children.