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Sleep problems in toddlers are linked to touch screen use, survey finds

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1885 (Published 18 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1885
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Using touch screen devices has been linked with sleep problems in infants and toddlers in a survey of parents reported in Scientific Reports, a journal from the Nature Research group.1 One experimental psychologist warned, however, that the results should be interpreted with extreme caution.

The online survey was administered to 715 parents of toddlers aged 6 months to 3 years in the UK. Parents were asked how long their child spends using a portable touch screen device on a typical day as well time spent watching television. They were also asked about the average duration of …

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