Did you know that babies are twice as sensitive to Electro-Magnetic Radiation (EMF) than adults? Did you know the EMFs around your home could be harming your baby? Did you know that certain devices or practices can protect your baby from this radiation? Your parents' friends certainly don't. Because they think what they're already doing is enough. It's not.
Where does EMF come from?
EMF radiation and newborns is a topic that can be confusing, so we've broken it down for you.
The first thing to know about EMF radiation is that it's all around us—in our homes and workplaces, in the devices, we use every day, and even in the products, we use to protect ourselves from EMF radiation. That's because EMF radiation can be created by both natural and man-made sources. The sun radiates electromagnetic waves which are known as solar radiation (the same ones that give you a tan). But the earth itself also emits electromagnetic waves in the form of geomagnetic fields; this is what makes a compass work. Both solar and geomagnetic fields are natural forms of EMF radiation that occur naturally on Earth.
Man-made sources create EMF radiation through their use of electricity or other forms of energy. Examples include:
Electricity sources like power lines, transformers, substations, electric utility equipment like circuit breakers and switches; household appliances like televisions, computers, refrigerators; cell phones; Wi-Fi routers; Bluetooth devices; cordless phones; baby monitors; smart meters—which we can all see with our eyes!
What does the research say about EMF radiation and newborns?
Newborns are especially vulnerable to exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) because they haven't built up a tolerance over time. In fact, exposure may have more of an effect on them than it does on adults.
In addition, babies have not yet developed the ability to shunt away EMF radiation through their eyes and ears as adults do. This means that EMF radiation can penetrate deeper into the brain than it would for an adult.
Research has shown that newborns exposed to EMF radiation actually have higher rates of cognitive impairment than those who weren't. The cognitive deficits were found to be related to the amount of exposure and the frequency with which it occurred.
The researchers hope this study will lead to further research into how much EMF exposure is too much for newborns and how we might mitigate its effects on their brains.
EMF radiation has been linked to a variety of health issues, including cancer, heart disease, and sleep disturbances. However, it is still unclear whether EMF radiation can cause harm to newborns.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes that electromagnetic fields are linked to an increased risk of childhood leukemia and brain tumors. The organization also notes that there is no evidence that EMF radiation can cause cognitive decline or other neurological disorders in humans.
In addition to these concerns, research has shown that pregnant women who use cell phones may be at an increased risk of miscarriage. In one study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health in 2010, scientists found that women who used cell phones while pregnant were 1.6 times more likely to experience an early miscarriage than those who did not use cell phones during pregnancy.
Protecting Your Newborn From EMF Radiation
If your newborn is experiencing health issues, or if you're simply looking to give them the best start possible, it's important to protect them from EMF radiation.
The truth is that many of us are being exposed to EMF radiation on a daily basis—and we're not always aware of it! In fact, it's estimated that over 95% of Americans have cell phones in their homes and that 80% use computers daily. The good news is that there are ways to protect your newborn from EMF radiation. Here are some things you can do:
Limit Your Baby’s Exposure to WiFi and Cell Phone Signals
When your baby is born, you can't wait to show them the world. You'll want to take them with you everywhere—even to work! But there's one thing you should make sure they avoid: cell phone signals and WiFi.
Why? Because these signals can affect their development. They're weak enough that they won't harm them immediately, but if they're exposed too often or for too long, they could cause problems later on.
In fact, research has shown that exposure to electromagnetic radiation can cause headaches, nausea, and other symptoms in adults—and it might even contribute to cancer. So when you're out at work or visiting family, try leaving your phone at home (or in airplane mode). And when you're at home with your little one trying to get some work done or watching TV together? Keep their cribs and beds away from where any WiFi routers are located—and keep them away from your phone!
Limit Exposure to Video Displays and Electrical Devices
Do you or your kids spend a lot of time looking at screens?
If so, it's time to rethink your daily routine.
A recent study found that children who spent more than two hours a day watching television or using other electronic devices had an increased risk of developing myopia, or nearsightedness. The longer they spent looking at the screen, the greater their risk.
You can help keep your kids' eyes healthy by limiting their exposure to video displays and electrical devices. Let them play outside instead, and encourage them to read books instead of watching television shows.
Avoid Cordless Phones, Microwaves, and Bluetooth Devices
Cordless phones, microwave ovens, and Bluetooth devices all use electromagnetic (EM) radiation to communicate. EM radiation is made up of both ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. Ionizing radiation is the kind that can break apart molecules, which can lead to cancer. Non-ionizing radiation does not have enough energy to break apart molecules, which means it's much less likely to cause cancer.
Most scientists agree that ionizing radiation should be avoided because it could cause harm or even death over time. But non-ionizing radiation is much more difficult to study because it doesn't affect people in the same way as ionizing radiation does.
However, researchers have found that EM radiation can heat up tissue and cells in a way that may cause damage over time—and this type of damage has been seen in animals exposed to EM fields at levels found in some homes and offices.
In general, we don't know for sure whether or not non-ionizing EM fields are dangerous for humans because studies on this topic haven't been done yet. But until we know more about how these fields affect us, we recommend against using cordless phones, microwaves, and Bluetooth devices when possible.
EMF radiation is a major health concern, especially for newborns.
We know this is a scary topic, but we hope you feel a little less afraid after reading this blog.
EMF radiation is a major health concern, especially for newborns. We've covered a lot of information in this post and hopefully, it will help you get a better idea of what EMF radiation is, how it affects your health, and what you can do to reduce your exposure.
If you're pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, try to avoid using wireless devices as much as possible. If you need to use them, try to keep the device away from your body by using a headset or speakerphone. If it's not possible to avoid using the device altogether, then try to use it for only short periods of time.
If you have young children who are developing early signs of autism or ADHD, check out this article about EMF radiation and autism: [link]. It's important for parents to be aware of this connection so they can protect their children from exposure during pregnancy as well as after birth!
We're here to help you protect your family from EMF radiation, and we'll be adding more content in the future so that you can do it with confidence.