Could Cell Phone Use During Pregnancy Pose Behavioural Issues Later?

UCLA Professor Leeka Kheifets who had previously written there was no proof of “any adverse health effect from cell phone use now believes that pregnant women who regularly use mobile phones are more likely to have children with behavioral problems.

Both The Daily Mail and The Independent reported that expectant moms who used their mobile phone while pregnant were 54 percent more likely to report issues such as hyperactivity and emotional problems in their children. managing health editor, Dr. Manny, said there is no need for pregnant women to be alarmed over this study yet.

“This study in its current form fails to link a direct cause and effect between cell phone use in learning disabilities in children,” He said. “What you have in the study is an epidemiology survey where the use of cell phones seem to be more frequent in women whose children have learning disabilities.”

Using a mobile or cell phone two to three times a day was enough to raise the risk of behavioral problems in children, and letting children under the age of 7 use a mobile phone also put them in danger, the study of more than 13,000 women found.

The study follows a finding by the official Russian radiation watchdog that the danger posed by mobile phones is “not much lower than the risk to children’s health from tobacco or alcohol.”

Dr. Manny also said he believes there are other environmental impacts that are far more detrimental to pregnant women, such as mercury, lead exposure and biological contaminants in food.

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