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Do mobile phones pose a health risk?
07 May 2015

The research about any harm that may be caused by exposure to mobile phones is still unable to give a clear idea about possible risks. Any risk is likely to be very small.

Still it may be appropriate to reduce exposure to the radiation where it can be done. The amount of microwave radiation that is absorbed by fetuses (unborn babies), babies and young children is higher than adults because their brain tissues are more absorbent, their skulls are thinner, and their relative size is smaller. The intensity of radiation decreases greatly as the distance from the source increases. Holding a mobile phone 15 cm from your ear provides a 10,000-fold reduction in risk. Even when mobile phones are switched of they still radiate some microwaves.

Some suggested ways of decreasing exposure of fetuses, babies and young children are to make sure that mobile phones are not kept close to them – such as for pregnant women not to carry their phones in pockets that are close to their abdomen and for young children to not use the phones for more than brief moments. Also women could make sure that they do not use their phone while breast feeding. When not in use, phones should not be kept on the body. The best place for a mobile phone is somewhere like a purse, bag, or backpack.

The possible risk for harm is small, so there is no need for great concern if the babies have already been exposed, but because there is possibly a small risk and changes in the ways the phones are used and carried are easy, then it might be a good idea to make these changes.