Don't let your foetus use a mobile phone

Health boffins are warning that pregnant women who regularly use mobile phones may be more likely to have children with behavioural problems.

The problems are more likely to get worse if once the foetus has gotten out of the womb and starts making regular mobile phone calls in their first seven years of life, the study shows.

American scientists reported that foetuses exposed to mobile phones in the womb had a 30 percent greater chance of behavioural difficulties at the age of seven. However we are not sure how this happens. Most pregnant women hold phones to their ear rather than their tummies and as yet, we don’t know of any foetus which can get its forming hands on a phone. Of if it did, what it would say.

Kids exposed regularly before birth and in early childhood were 50 percent more likely to have behavioural problems at the age of seven than those never exposed before and after birth. What the study reveals to us is that parents are giving kids under the age of seven mobile phones to play with. Sheesh all I ever got was a packet of razor blades.

The research, which was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, which we get for the spot the cancer cell competition, is based on a study of 28,000 seven-year-olds and their mothers, who were part of the Danish National Birth Cohort study.

More than 100,000 pregnant women monitored their behaviour and their children’s health over eight years.

Researchers from the University of Southern California looked at the survey and said there was an “obvious association” between mobile phone exposure and abnormal behaviour in children.

That would be that parents who give their kids mobile phones to play with are more likely to give in to everything the little tykes want. Perhaps kids of today are just more spoilt than when we were growing up.

However the boffins did not think the results were caused by mothers’ ”inattention” to rearing their children but could be related to radio frequency fields emitted by mobile phones.

But Aussie researchers claim  that the findings are flawed. The executive director of the Australian Centre for Radio Frequency Bioeffects Research, Rodney Croft, who is also a professor of health psychology at the University of Wollongong, said the data was not strong enough to indicate a link between mobile phone exposure and behavioural problems.

Croft said that mothers were asked to recall phone use rather than document it.