Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Rwanda: How Risky Are Cell Phones to Your Child's Health?

Rwanda: How Risky Are Cell Phones to Your Child's Health?

A fancy toy in the eyes of a child comes in form of a gadget. That makes their excitement cell phone, cell phone and more cell phones. Even if you made it a gigantic tablet, as long as that your one-year-old love sees your lifting it to your ears whenever it rings, they will want to imitate you.
But imitating on a non-ringing cell phone and giving that baby the gadget to "talk to aunt so-and-so-never mind that they would never understand a thing-are two different thing. One is innocent and harmless, the other foolhardy and a health risk, at least, going by what experts say.
Cell phone usage has exploded in Rwanda in the past five years. According to the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda, 45.2 per cent of households had at least one cell phone in 2011, up from 6.2 per cent in 2006.
In the City of Kigali, 79.6 per cent of households had a cell phone in 2011.
Children are growing up in a sea of radio-frequency radiation that has never existed in human history.
Increasingly, scientists and policymakers in tech-savvy nations are concerned that the ways these devices are used imperil the brain, according to a paediatric agency, Healthy Child.
The iPhone plastic baby rattle case protects the phone's glass screen from cracking when chomped on by teething babies, but does not protect the infant's young brain from the phone's pulsed digital microwave radiation, the agency says.
This proliferation of wireless gadgets overlooks a critical health issue for pregnant women, men who wish to father healthy children, and children themselves: non-ionising or microwave radiation damages the brain and sperm of experimental animals.
So it's not really a question of whether or not your teenager will eventually want a cell phone, but when. This when could be before children are in their teens-just around the time they abandon diapers.

Giving your child a cell phone exposes them to radiation and risk of cancer. Some health professionals have raised concerns that cell phone usage could be linked to cancer of the brain, nerves or neck, although studies remain inconclusive on the connection between the radio waves emitted by cell phones and cancer, according to the US Cancer Institute.

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