Can TV cause autism?

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asked Jan 8 in Grade Schooler by Bcomplex (1,000 points)
Can TV cause autism?

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answered Jan 8 by Minty (106,740 points)
TV does not cause autism but too much TV can trigger Autism in children and toddlers.

There is no known single cause for autism spectrum disorder, but it is generally accepted that it is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function.

Brain scans show differences in the shape and structure of the brain in children with autism compared to in neurotypical children.

Researchers have assumed that mothers are more likely to pass on autism-promoting gene variants.

That's because the rate of autism in women is much lower than that in men, and it is thought that women can carry the same genetic risk factors without having any signs of autism.

TV is not really bad for toddlers as long as they are not watching TV all day.

TV becomes bad for toddlers when they are watching it all day or for hours on end and not getting any exercise, playing etc.

It is bad for a toddler to watch TV all day because they are sitting around which is not healthy for the toddler and also the light from the TV can be bad for the toddlers eyes as well.

However it's not bad for a toddler to watch some TV but it should not be all day.

I let my 18 month old watch TV.

It's okay to let your 18 month old watch TV as long as they are not watching TV all day.

There's nothing wrong with allowing a kid or toddler to watch TV some as long as they are getting away from the TV for most of the day to do other things.

Also have the toddler watch good educational cartoons.

Although it's also okay to allow the toddler to watch other cartoons even if they are not educational.

I watched TV at 18 months old and as a toddler and child and I turned out just fine.

TV is not bad for toddlers as long as they are not watching the TV too much.

The toddler needs to be away from the TV for several hours and out playing when possible or playing inside the house away from the TV.

The TV should not be a babysitter for the toddler or child.

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