Can I Talk to My Baby and Prevent ADHD?

The answer may surprise you.
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A Scottish study being being published in the journal Research In Developmental Disabilities, analyzed hundreds of videos of mothers interacting with their year-old babies. The researchers found that less vocal communication (talking, singing, cooing, making sounds, etc.) by the parent was associated with an increase in the likelihood the child would develop conditions such as ADHD.

Most parents experience a little guilt when using the TV or computer as an electronic babysitter, and this guilt may be warranted.

The researcher’s data were quite profound: For every reduction of five vocalizations per minute by the mother, the odds of an infant going on to develop mental health issues such as ADHD by the age of seven increased by 44%.

Study co-author Philip Wilson, professor of primary care and rural health at the University of Aberdeen, said “We have got the possibility that active parenting and active communication by the parents may have a protective effect against the development of problems with attention and conduct.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests no TV or electronic stimulation before the age of 2. After that age, one half hour or less is recommended.

For a full article on brain development and TV watching, see

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