Answers to Common Children’s Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about pediatric health.

What role should or shouldn’t screens play in a baby or toddler’s life?

Dr. Weber discusses the role of screens in the lives of babies and toddlers. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


The American Academy of PediatricsOff Site Icon (AAP) recently updated their screen time recommendation for children 2 and younger.

For children younger than 2, use of electronics should be very limited and always supervised by parents, according to the AAP.

One beneficial use, for example, is FaceTime or Skype for families who have one parent overseas or grandparents who live far away, according to Premier HealthNet (PHN) physicians.

These forms of media can be valuable tools in helping children stay connected with and recognize family members separated by distance, according to the AAP.

Screen access for this age of children should not, however, be used as a new form of pacifier, according to PHN physicians. Children who frequently play with a parent’s cell phone or tablet while in public might not learn how to control their behavior without using devices.

Talk to your doctor for more information about positive and negative screen time for babies and toddlers.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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