The study found that the more time children between the ages of six months and two years spent using handheld screens such as smartphones, tablets and electronic games, the more likely they were to experience speech delays.
The first two years are the core years for children and their early foundation is of prime importance. The study found that kids who use smartphones and other handheld devices tend to get speech delays. The screentime reduces the actual one to one interaction with the people around and kids tend to sit silently. Doctors say that keeping your kid sit still with a smartphone may not be a good idea as it can have huge impacts later.
The best advice for parents, the researchers say, is to interact with your child. The best way to teach them language is by interacting with them, talking with them, playing with them, using different vocabulary, pointing things out to them and telling them stories.