Cell Phone Use May Lead to Harmful Effects in Children

Children & Cell Phone Exposure = Behavioral Problems, Headaches, Neurological Damage, and Hearing Loss

Mothers and fathers – do not use cell phones around your children! Pregnant women – avoid cell phone use, as it can harm your unborn child! Mothers of children – do not allow your children to use cell phones for any reason. We can see, on a daily basis, that it has become common, inside of just a few years, for parents to let cell phones be ” babysitters” for their children – amusing them so the parent can be occupied with other pursuits. In the grocery store, we can easily view mothers using cell phones right by their babies’ or toddlers’ heads, even letting them teethe on the rubbery skin of a cell phone. Older children have their own cell phones, despite the dangers. Would these parents continue cell phone exposures to their children if they knew these could produce lasting health and behavioral effects? We think not. Parents, put the cell phones away, turn them off. Use them for emergencies only. Give your child your attention and protect them from harm.

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Studies associating cell phone exposure with development of behavioral problems in children:

Prenatal and postnatal exposure to cell phone use and behavioral problems in children. (2008 Jul)

RESULTS: Mothers of 13,159 children completed the follow-up questionnaire reporting their use of cell phones during pregnancy as well as current cell phone use by the child. Greater odds ratios for behavioral problems were observed for children who had possible prenatal or postnatal exposure to cell phone use. After adjustment for potential confounders, the odds ratio for a higher overall behavioral problems score was 1.80 (95% confidence interval = 1.45-2.23) in children with both prenatal and postnatal exposure to cell phones.

Cell phone use and behavioural problems in young children. (2012 Jun)

RESULTS: The highest OR for behavioural problems were for children who had both prenatal and postnatal exposure to cell phones compared with children not exposed during either time period. The adjusted effect estimate was 1.5 (95% CI 1.4 to 1.7).

CONCLUSIONS: The findings of the previous publication were replicated in this separate group of participants demonstrating that cell phone use was associated with behavioural problems at age 7 years in children, and this association was not limited to early users of the technology. Although weaker in the new dataset, even with further control for an extended set of potential confounders, the associations remained.”

A study associating headaches in children with cell phone exposure before and after birth:

Prenatal and Postnatal Cell Phone Exposures and Headaches in Children.

“RESULTS: Our analyses included data from 52,680 children. Children with cell phone exposure had higher odds of migraines and headache-related symptoms than children with no exposure. The odds ratio for migraines was 1.30 (95% confidence interval: 1.01-1.68) and for headache-related symptoms was 1.32 (95% confidence interval: 1.23-1.40) for children with both prenatal and postnatal exposure.”

A study associating hearing loss in children with cell phone exposure:

Cell phone exposures and hearing loss in children in the Danish National Birth Cohort.

RESULTS: Our analyses included data from 52‚ÄČ680 children. We observed weak associations between cell phone use and hearing loss at age 7, with odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals from the traditional logistic regression, MSM and DRE models being 1.21 [95% confidence interval [CI] 0.99, 1.46], 1.23 [95% CI 1.01, 1.49] and 1.22 [95% CI 1.00, 1.49], respectively.

Children Are Endangered by Cell Phone Radiation

From the International Parenting Association, a good summary of recent studies pointing to very serious side effects of cell phone exposure for children, including neurological and genetic damage from the radiofrequency radiation exposures from cell phones (and other wireless sources).

Moms and Dads – take care of your children’s brains, from before the time of conception. Prevent damage to sperm, eggs, your unborn child, and your children, after birth. Eliminate or reduce rf radiation exposures, for the sake of their health and all future generations. Get rid of wireless devices such as smart meters, turn off the cell phones and your microwave, permanently. Hardwire your computers to receive Internet. Shield your computers.

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