As if cell phone radiation weren’t enough of a threat to children, it has now become apparent that we have to consider the danger of how radio-frequency-emitting-baby monitors are affecting infants while they sleep in their cribs. As a conscientious parent, you may be using a seemingly harmless baby monitor as a safeguard for your infant–to let you know how they are doing while you aren’t in the room.
Well, guess what? Your kid may not be doing so great. The baby monitor next to their slumbering form is emitting radiation similar to the kind that is given off by a cordless phone and bombarding their not-yet-fully-formed skull with electromagnetic frequency radiation. These emissions are a known cause of childhood brain cancer.
A Potent Form of Radiation That Endangers Your Baby’s Health
Baby monitors use “Dect” or digitally enhanced cordless telecommunication technology to transmit signals. This kind of pulsing radiation is also used by cordless telephones and has been shown to be more harmful than the kind given off by cell phones.
Powerwatch, a watchdog organization for radiation danger, says: “A Dect monitor placed in your baby’s bedroom will expose them to more pulsing microwave radiation than living near to a mobile phone mast would do. We have had a number of reports from parents that their babies did not sleep well and cried a lot when they used Dect monitors.” The organization pointed out that a wired monitor does not cause the same kind of problems.
Vulnerable Infants Fall Prey to Technology
If you use a “Dect”-type baby monitor, your sleeping child in the next room, is absorbing radiation. This is cumulative over time and, although the effects may not show up for years, their bodies and especially their more vulnerable brain tissue is taking on that radiation. This exposure can show up later as a brain tumor or other cancers.
Predictably, marketers of the baby monitors have stated that they do not think there is any danger from their product, saying that they meet international safety standards.
Some laboratory specialists in this kind of radiation have recommended placing the monitors at least 10 feet from an infant’s crib.
Unfortunately for both my kids, who have now been out of nappies for a good many years, we used Dect type baby monitors, just out of ignorance. With the knowledge I have I recommend not using them at all. Instead use a non-RF, wired monitor.
If it has to be wireless, prefer a low-band 35 to 50 MHz analogue model which does not pulse and remember to keep any baby monitor as far from your baby as possible, I recommend at least 1 metre away.
Why introduce a known carcinogen into your home? Would you have a cigarette in your baby’s room and then blow the smoke in their face? I don’t think so…….