Copenhagen (Denmark) - Mobile phone usage during pregnancy could cause kids to develop behavioral problems, according to a joint study by UCLA and Aarhus Denmark. Mothers who used their phones as little as two to three times a day had a greatly increased risk of having children with psychological problems including hyperactivity and anti-social conduct, but the study doesn’t nail down mobile phone radiation as the specific cause.
Researchers interviewed 13159 Danish children who were born in the late 1990s. Approximately half of the group had mothers who used mobile phones infrequently, while the other half did not use mobile phones at all. The researchers found that just two to three daily uses of the mobile phone during pregnancy increased the child’s chance of developing problems by 54%. This percentage grew to a whopping 80% if the children themselves used mobile phones while growing up.
Of the children who develop problems, the breakdown of specific problems is as follows: 25% emotional problems, 34% difficulty relating to peers, 35% hyperactive and 49% problems with conduct. It’s obvious by the percentages that many children had multiple behavioral problems.
The researchers do point out that they did not measure radiation levels and that the mere act of using the phones could be leaving a negative impression on the children. It’s logical to infere that mothers who used phones during pregnancy would continue talking on their phones after giving birth. And when you’re talking on the phone, you are concentrating on the conversation rather than that cute bundle of joy sitting next to you. I mean how would you feel if your mom was constantly yakking on a phone?
The study will be published in the July edition of the journal Epidemiology.