Better safe than sorry. That’s the message from the Environmental Health Trust and Grassroots Environmental Education. Their BabySafe campaign aims to educate caregivers and parents on how to lower fetal exposure to Wi-Fi waves.
What’s the harm in using your baby bump to prop up your tablet while taking in more Orange is the New Black? Scientists just aren’t sure, so they’re urging people to protect children from wireless radiation.
"More research is needed to determine exactly how the developing brain is affected, but in the meantime, we certainly have enough evidence of potential harm to recommend taking simple, common-sense precautions," said Patricia Wood, a visiting scholar at Adelphi University and the executive director of Grassroots Environmental Education.
"There’s essentially no downside to being cautious and protecting your baby," said Hugh Taylor, M.D., who heads up Yale University School of Medicine’s department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. He recently studied the behavioral changes in offspring of mice that were exposed to wireless radiation while pregnant.
"We have demonstrated clear cause-and-effect relationships in mice, and we already have studies showing that women who use cell phones have children with more behavioral problems," he said.
The BabySafe Project is promoting 10 tips for women to limit their exposure to Wi-Fi.
"Pregnant women deserve to know that wireless radiation can have an impact on the developing brain," said Maya Shetreat-Klein, M.D., a pediatric neurologist practicing in New York. "We're seeing alarming increases in the number of children diagnosed with neurological disorders over the past decade, and anything we can do that might help reduce that rate should be taken very seriously."
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