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Pregnant Women's Use of Cell Phones Linked to Babies' Behavioral Problems

Pregnant Women's Use of Cell Phones Linked to Babies' Behavioral Problems

My son shrieks on occasion — can I attribute that to having used my cell phone while pregnant? The findings of a study of expectant mothers conducted in the late 1990s linked mobile phone usage with behavioral problems in their children. An Independent article about the results, which will be published in the July issue of the journal Epidemiology said:

A giant study, which surveyed more than 13,000 children, found that using the handsets just two or three times a day was enough to raise the risk of their babies developing hyperactivity and difficulties with conduct, emotions and relationships by the time they reached school age. And it adds that the likelihood is even greater if the children themselves used the phones before the age of seven.

To finish the story,


Surprised by the findings, scientists ruled out some biological and environmental factors that could have influenced the results and found their mobile phone correlation strengthened. It said:

They found that mothers who did use the handsets were 54 per cent more likely to have children with behavioural problems and that the likelihood increased with the amount of potential exposure to the radiation. And when the children also later used the phones they were, overall, 80 per cent more likely to suffer from difficulties with behaviour. They were 25 per cent more at risk from emotional problems, 34 per cent more likely to suffer from difficulties relating to their peers, 35 per cent more likely to be hyperactive, and 49 per cent more prone to problems with conduct.

But before we all hang-up our earpieces and ban our BlackBerrys, the article also noted there are "explanations that they did not examine – such as that mothers who used the phones frequently might pay less attention to their children."

Will these findings affect your cell phone usage?


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milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
Seriously??? I hate these lame studies. They don't prove anything. All they do is put already panicky and paranoid people in even more of a tizzy. I mean I can't live in a bubble. There are certain things I have to do/have to have in everyday life to function. Like my cell phone. We don't even have a regular home phone. It's more expensive then the cell phone package and I can take my cell phone around with me so there's really no point to a home phone.
gincase gincase 9 years
If I didn't have a cell phone I would be able to have this job that covers my medical insurance, upcoming day care... The cell phone decision was yours to make, but I have to tell you it's a bit of a stretch for me to believe that >that< is the reason you don't get a cell phone.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I see moms with babies all the time Ignoring thier children to talk on cell phones, thats got to cause behavioral issues. BTW i wont get a cell phone because We still dont know much about what they can do to your body...and i wont chance that.
macneil macneil 9 years
I do think this one is nonsense.
single_m0m single_m0m 9 years
I was glad to see the last thought that was thrown into this article: "...mothers who used the phones frequently might pay less attention to their children." As a Certified Parent Educator, I hear - and see - more of this each day. Children crave their parent's attention and if they're realizing that someone (or something) else is getting it instead, they'll act out. This seems so obvious but unfortunately there are still those out there who just don't and will not ever "get it." They're the same ones who use their cell phone when in line at the post office or in the waiting room at the doctor's office...and who do you think is watching their child? Sorry to rant but this is one of my biggest pet peeves...
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 9 years
thats just kinda funny
Dbtabm Dbtabm 9 years
If you listen to these studies then EVERYTHING you do causes your children to have illnesses or mental problems. I probably shouldn't be on the internet because that will make my baby have 3 ears or something. I wish some of these people would put some money into finding a cure for cancer or something.
gincase gincase 9 years
I am on my cell phone constantly...CONSTANTLY. I didn't find out that I was pregnant until I was 5 months along. I agree with all of you above...If your child sees you on the phone all the time, and when you are on the phone you are (like me) emotive...I think the child will be the same way. So - I'll let you know. However, because I found out so late in the game that I was pregnant...I've done all the pregnancy no-no's...Fish, a little wine, crappy eating, stress... I know she will come out just fine...
Greggie Greggie 9 years
They actually pointed out on the news that using the earpiece caused women to hold the phone at stomach level, right at the uterus.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
I definitely believe in cell phone use and some sort of body damage. There are a lot of detailed studies out there on cell phones heating nerve cells, etc. I try to use my earpiece exclusively, and I never let my kids talk with my cell up to their ear. Oh yea, but the cord to my iphone earpiece? Unsafe level of pthalates. So I can't win, if I want a cell phone at least.
honey693 honey693 9 years
I've stopped listening to half these studies. Every time I turn around I read that something that was fine 5 minutes ago is going to maim/make deformed/make hyper/kill my baby.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
Correlation does not always imply causation. Exactly! My first thought :) My SO is a psychologist and I love to read about and study psychology and that is one of the first things we learned in my AP Psych class in HS. Just b/c 'A' looks like it causes 'B' does not mean it does. The classic example is used is that both ice cream sales and murders go up in summer. Ice cream, however, does not cause murder. The Heat of summer is the common denominator.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
The woman discussing it on the news today was very clear that it may also simply be that women who spend all day busy on the cellphone simply pass along that "busy" gene to their children. Correlation does not always imply causation.
anniekim anniekim 9 years
I'm freaked out by this. I'm not a cell phone junkie, but I do use it and my kids have definitely used it many times. They love to use the cell phone. I hope to hear a detailed follow up on this matter.
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