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AAP: Reading to infants leads to better vocabulary, giving them cell phones delays speech

AAP: Reading to infants leads to better vocabulary, giving them cell phones delays speech (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A new study shows it's never too early to start reading to kids.

But first, there is also a word of caution about handing your kids your cell phone.

Both of those studies are from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The first study looked at what happens when children get handed mobile devices a little too early.

Researchers found that, as the number of smartphones and other handheld devices are in our homes increases, many children are being handed those devices before they know how to talk.

In a study of nearly 900 kids aged 6-months to 2-years-old, 1 in 5 used a handheld device on average 28 minutes a day.

Researchers say that upped the likelihood of speech delays in those children.

The other big headline has to do with reading to infants.

Researchers in the second study found reading with children when they are infants, can have lasting effects.

Researchers recruited 250 moms and newborn babies for a reading study.

They followed the children for almost five years.

They found early book readers in early infancy and beyond led to better vocabulary when they started school.

It also was linked to improved reading and writing skills.

Both of those studies were released by Eureka, which shares research as part of The American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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