If you're worried about your child's developing brain being affected by cell phones, try these tips to limit exposure:
Don't let toddlers or young children use cell phones. Teenagers should limit use to head sets or texting to keep the antenna away from the brain. Or shift the phone between ears.
Avoid white noise baby apps. Some children are falling asleep to white noise played from iPhones or Blackberries under their pillows. But the phones must stay on for the app to work. "A cell phone is a two-way microwave radio," said environmental health expert Devra Lee Davis, founder of the Environmental Health Trust, which campaigns for safer cell phone use.Davis. "That means infants stay asleep with their brains being radiated by the phones all night long."
Review SAR levels. The Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) is a measure of the amount of radio frequency (RF) energy absorbed by the body when using the handset. Before you buy your child a phone, search the government's cell phone database
Follow the "one-inch" rule. Most cell phone manuals advise holding the phone "at least one inch" away from the head.
Don't carry a cell phone on your body. Place the phone inside a bag or some type of holster; this will help block the radiation from reaching the body.
Limit phone use when the signal is weak. The radiation increases as the device searches for a signal.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun