Friday, October 03, 2008

Cell Phone Use and Pregnancy

Cell phones scare me, actually. We have one we use only for emergencies and I used the loudspeaker on it. Apparently, when yo use a cell phone, it uses your HEAD as an antenna. Lovely. Check this out from Natural News:

(NaturalNews) The first large-scale study to look at the connection between mobile phone use in pregnancy and later behavioral problems in children has overwhelmingly come back with a finding that such phone use places undeveloped babies at risk.

Researchers from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Aarhus, Denmark surveyed 13,519 women who had given birth in Denmark in the late 1990s about their mobile phone use habits while pregnant, and their children's use of the phones up until the age of seven. Due to the fact that cell phone use was less widespread a decade ago, about half of the women in the study had not used the phones while pregnant, or used them only infrequently.

Women who used handsets two or three times per day while pregnant were 54 percent more likely to give birth to children who developed behavioral problems by the time they reached school age than women who did not use them. The risk of behavioral problems increased along with the mother's mobile phone use during pregnancy.

If children used the phones themselves while very young, they were 80 percent more likely to suffer behavioral difficulties, 25 percent more likely to suffer from emotional problems, 34 percent more likely to have trouble relating to their peers, 35 percent more likely to be hyperactive and 49 percent more likely to have conduct problems than children who did not use mobile phones.

The findings were published in the journal Epidemiology.

read more here.

3 comments:

WannabeMommy said...

Interesting study; however, I wonder if the cell phone use/child behavior connection stems more from problems with the types of parents who spend lots of time on cell phones. In other words, is a mother who's always on her cell phone and not paying as much attention to her child more likely to have a child with behavioral issues...??

kayla said...

Thanks for all the great information. My son was born 10 months ago with esophageal atresia and some other complications. and i also agree with wannabeamommy's comment as well i very much thank it has everything to do with it.

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