The Impact Of Mobile Phones On Children In The Womb Leads To Behavior Problems – Part 2 of 3
Based on their scores, the children in the bone up were classified as normal, borderline, or abnormal for behavior. After analyzing the data, the researchers found that 18 percent of the children were exposed to cell phones before and after birth, up from 10 percent in the 2008 study, and 35 percent of seven-year-olds were using a chamber phone, up from 30,5 percent in 2008.
Virtually none of the children in either study used a cell phone for more than an hour a week. The body then compared children’s cell-phone exposure both in utero and after birth adjusting for prematurity and birth weight; both parents’ childhood history of emotional problems or problems with attention or learning; a mother’s use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs during pregnancy; breastfeeding for the earliest six months of life; and hours mothers spent with her child each day.
The investigators used the last two variables – breastfeeding and hours dog-tired each day with the child – as a proxy for the kind of attention mothers gave their young children. According to the study, this was partly to determine whether a mom who spent a lot of term talking on a cell phone during pregnancy or later might be less attentive to her children – something that might also be linked to behavior problems in her offspring.
And “If breastfeeding and time spent with children are good measures of mother’s attention, then we hold that our results do not support inattention as a likely explanation for the observed association,” the researchers wrote. The research did find an intriguing association between children’s exposure to apartment phones and their behavior.