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Protecting Your Children From Cell Phone Radiation

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Updated on Sep 6, 2013

Are Cell Phone Risks Greater for Children?

Many parents, who use cell phones themselves, wonder whether the risks are even greater for their children. The answer is—yes.

In June of 2012, the FCC announced that it plans to reexamine and revise current cell phone standards. Good thing, since the last time the standards were revised was in 1996, and the standards were geared towards a military man or business man dubbed “SAM”—or “standard anthropomorphic male”—who was six-foot-three, weighed 220 pounds, had an 11-pound head, and made phone calls that lasted up to six minutes. The American Academy of Pediatrics urged this reexamination, telling the FCC, “Children ... are disproportionately impacted by all environmental exposures, including cell phone radiation ... when [cell phones are] used by children, the average RF energy deposition is two times higher in the brain and 10 times higher in the bone marrow of the skull, compared with mobile phone use by adults.”

Just take a look at the fine print warnings on your Blackberry, Android, or iPhone. Most versions of these devices warn that the user should keep the phone away from teenagers or pregnant women. Are we putting our children at risk?

What Parents Can Do

As a parent who cares about your child's wellbeing, what can you do? Despite the fact that the new safety standards have not yet been written, you can still take the following steps to keep your kids safer from the damage that radio-frequency radiation can cause:

  • Turn phones off when they're not in use. Teach your kids to keep their phones on airplane mode, or off, when they are not in use. The radiation is harmful even when the phones are merely powered on, even if they are not actively using them.
  • Avoid cuddling with smart devices. Show your kids to keep their phones away from their bodies at all times. That means using a headset or Bluetooth and storing the phone in a bag rather than on their bodies—such as in their pockets, on their belts, or in their bras.
  • Beware of weak signal strength. When your cell phone has to work harder to find a signal, it is emitting a larger amount of radiation than normal.
  • Resist the temptation to hand your phone over. Don't give a cell phone to an infant or young child as a toy, unless it is in airplane mode. Instead, try to engage your little one in offline activities, such as reading or playing with toys.
  • Inform your kids in age-appropriate ways. Let your older child or teen see videos of the damages that cell phones may cause, such as the case of Donna Jaynes. You can view them here, on Dr. Davis’s website.

If you're concerned that your children have already been exposed to harmful amounts of radiation, don't fret—recent evidence shows there are ways to detox after exposure. Make sure that your children get plenty of nutritious food, including vitamins such as A, E, and C. Some experiential studies suggest that animals that were exposed to these nutrients were able to resist the damage of radio-frequency radiation more easily.

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