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Study Shows Cell Phones May Harm Unborn Kids!

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There's more scary information coming out about cell phone exposure by the second!

pregnant woman holding mobile phone on her belly

CNN.com reports that a new study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, has found that children exposed to cell phones in the womb and after birth, up to age 7, are more likely to experience behavioral problems such as hyperactivity, attention and social issues than those who aren't exposed.

After looking at more than 28,000 children, researchers learned that the more frequently a mom (or mom-to-be) used her cell phone, the greater the risk that her child would develop a behavioral problem. Mind you, as the data was self-reported, there's no way to gauge exactly how much the mothers used their cell phones. Still: Yeeks!

Although scientists have yet to understand exactly how a mom's cell phone use might create behavioral problems in her child, one speculation links cell phone use to an excessive secretion of melatonin, which affects the mom's metabolism and thus the development of the unborn baby's brain. (FYI, factors such as the inattention of the mom and a family history of behavioral problems were ruled out.)

Moms -- especially you pregnant moms out there: Has all this information about the dangers of prenatal exposure to cell phones made you change your phone habits? Do you try not to use your cell phone around your kids? Have you banned your kids from using them?


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29 comments so far | Post a comment now
anonymous December 8, 2010, 4:10 AM

You realize that this study means crap as of now? A self reporting sample is so filled with bias it should make your head spin. You can’t even pretend to draw conclusions from it. Garbage in, garbage out.

Crystal December 8, 2010, 12:21 PM

YES.. The past few weeks I have been leaving my cell phone in another room, and intentionally forgetting to carry it with me.. If I do have it with me I turn it off to lessen exposure.. Though I read some disturbing facts called microwave illness.. how the waves react in the brains of children.. Made me change my cell phone habits IMMEDIATELY! I never want to intentionally harm a child if I have the knowledge.

Neva87 December 8, 2010, 5:42 PM

Is everything that surrounds us going to pose as a threat to our children or even unborn children. Conclusion: Yes, times have changed. And we have the ability and studies to help up us better live our lives but don’t let it destroy. At the end of the day you have to make a sound judgment of what’s best for you….Good day all =)

Monica December 8, 2010, 7:08 PM

@ Neva87 I agree. It seems like every week there is a study that comes out saying, this causes cancer, that can harm you, and then, weeks later they come back with an opposing study that says the that its okay. If you follow what every study says you would drive yourself crazy trying to figure it all out. In the end, you just have to take what info seem useful and meaningful to you at the time and discard all the rest. We are born and we die and we just have to figure out how best to live in between the two. Like Neva87 said, USE SOUND JUDGEMENT.

Amanda December 9, 2010, 3:06 PM

This study is questionable as there is already an existing link between LOW levels of melatonin and Autism spectrum disorders, whereas this study attributes behavioral problems to HIGH levels.

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