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									Pediatrics for Parents
    The children’s medical journal for parents
Richard J. Sagall, MD, Editor                  Vol. 25, Numbers 3-4                             March/April 2009



 In this Issue...
 Parental Alcohol
                                          TV Watching During Infancy
                                          Does putting your baby in front of the television cause any problems with
    Screening ..................... 2
                                          language or visual motor skills? A recent study from Harvard Medical
 Safety—Is It Just Common                 School indicates it doesn’t.
    Sense? .......................... 3   Marie Evans Schmidt, PhD and her colleagues studied 872 babies enrolled
 Children’s Exposre to                    Project Viva. At six months, one year, and two years of age, their moth-
                                          ers reported how many hours of TV the babies had watched during the
    Second-Hand Smoke.... 5               preceding 24 hours. The babies’ language and visual motor skills were
                                          evaluated when they turned three.
 Father is a Nurse ................ 6
 Language Learning in                     On average, the babies had watched 1.2 hours of television every day.
                                          This is less than what other similar studies have found. When their test
    Infancy ......................... 8   scores were adjusted for factors such as maternal age, marital status,
 Getting Your Relationship                income, breast or bottle fed, race/ethnicity, and average daily sleep du-
                                          ration, the amount of television watched had no impact. In other words,
    Ready for Baby ........... 10         an hour of television a day made no difference in the development of
                                          the babies’ language or visual motor skills.
 Making the Case for the
   HPV Vaccine .............. 11          Pediatrics, 3/09
 Kids & Video Game
    Addiction ................... 13
 Pediatric Insider Answers
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