A modern trend in child-rearing is the use of baby monitors to ensure the well-being of babies during the night and at naptime. Parents are constantly bombarded with information about sleep safety, SIDS and newborn breathing problems, so naturally they want to do everything they can to keep their baby safe. Unfortunately, most baby monitors produce continuous high levels of microwave radiation, directly targeting your baby while he or she is sleeping, so well-intentioned use of baby monitors can cause more harm than good.
Let’s look at the unique hazards of EMFs (especially microwave frequencies) for babies and young children, discuss modern baby monitor options and their risks, and then talk about what we can do to keep our babies safe.
“There is no safe level of microwave radiation for children” – Barrie Trower
Barrie Trower is a former Royal Navy microwave radiation expert who has received some of the best microwave training in the world. He has worked with microwave warfare, bomb disposal and radar, so he is familiar with the dangers of microwave radiation, which he says has been used to create “sophisticated stealth weapons”.
These days, he gives lectures specifically warning about the dangerous effects of EMFs on babies, children and women. Children have a less developed immune system than adults, and immune system depression is the first thing that occurs with EMF exposure. In addition, since the bones of babies and children are still soft from their growth, EMFs penetrate more easily into their bone marrow and all their stem cells that are essential for maturation. Their skulls are thinner and softer, allowing EMFs to penetrate deeper and more strongly into their brains. The skull doesn’t fully harden until the age of 20, so it’s still a problem during adolescence. Children also have a lower body mass, so they absorb a higher ratio of radiation to body mass than adults.
Embryos, fetuses, infants, children and women (because of their complex and sensitive hormonal systems), in that order, are most affected by EMFs, followed by the elderly. Healthy young men are the least affected by EMFs.
“The damage to the DNA [to the eggs in the ovaries] caused by microwave radiation is irreparable. It’s passed down from mother to daughter, generation after generation, forever.”
The risk is particularly high for female children, as they are born with all the eggs they will ever have, already formed in their ovaries. EMF damages these sensitive eggs, increasing the risk of DNA mutations and birth defects in their future children and grandchildren. The more a girl is exposed to EMFs for several consecutive years, the greater the risk of damage to her eggs. Damage to eggs cannot be repaired once it has occurred.
The most commonly used baby monitors today are wireless monitors with video cameras using DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) technology. These devices expose your baby (and you, if you wear the receiver) to very high levels of EMF. Some of them, like the Owlet, even attach the transmitters directly to the baby! Such devices not only expose babies to high levels of radiation at close range, but also have a high incidence of false alarms due to the natural and irregular breathing of infants.
The American Academy of Pediatrics warns against the use of portable monitors. Yet parents continue to use these unsafe devices because they perceive them as convenient and believe it is the safest option, completely ignoring the inadvertent damage they inadvertently cause to their child’s health.
Oram Miller, a building biologist who uses a radio frequency detector to test EMF levels throughout his clients’ homes and advise them on options to improve the health of their homes, has found that wireless baby monitors produce microwave radiation twice as powerful as WiFi routers, and five times more powerful than a wireless tablet. Often the highest EMF levels in an entire house are found in the baby’s room.
The FCC does not think this is a concern, as it is well below their arbitrary safety limits, limits for which there are no studies to prove safety. Significantly, FCC limits in the United States are tens, hundreds, or even thousands of times higher than those in most other countries (recommended microwatts per square meter). These monitors would probably be illegal in many countries.
Oram Miller reports that an increasing number of people in the United States are complaining of symptoms that have been linked in scientific studies to EMF exposure, including headaches, ringing in the ears, numbness, tingling, learning difficulties and memory loss.
As if babies weren’t already exposed to unprecedentedly high levels of EMF, some geniuses at major diaper companies are trying to convince parents to buy their latest invention – the SMART diaper. In the race to digitize every aspect of normal human life, many people are now being tricked into placing a Bluetooth sensor that emits microwaves 24/7 right next to their baby’s reproductive organs. This is sheer madness. Of course, these companies say nothing about the potential dangers of constant EMF exposure to the most sensitive parts of your little baby.
They praise the benefits of this product, pointing out that you will always know when your baby needs a diaper change. There’s another great way to find out if your baby needs changing – you could try to be around him or her frequently and really listen to him or her. But maybe having so much physical interaction with your baby in this modern world, where parents are always busy with things that are much more important than their children, is too much to ask. We hope that soon we’ll have real robots that can do these messy diaper changes for us, so that we’ll be free to have even less interaction with these little stinking creatures.
I hope the above sarcasm is clear. Babies need regular, loving physical interaction with their parents. This is essential for bonding and for the proper development of their brain and nervous system. We are surrounded by increasing amounts of technology that distract us from the importance of family time and are detrimental to our children. Using SMART diapers is another step towards interacting with our babies only when “totally necessary”, while exposing them to unnecessary and harmful radiation during the most developmentally sensitive period of their lives.
“Reduce use, increase distance.” – Oram Miller, building biologist
The good news is that there are many things we can do to stay safe! If you find that your lifestyle requires the use of a baby monitor, you’ll be relieved to know that there are several safer options. The best way is to use a wired monitor, rather than a wireless one. The D-Link model uses an Ethernet cable, or if Ethernet is not feasible for you, they have optional AC adapters that plug into the wall and work through your power lines. The wired connection considerably reduces the EMF output. If you decide to go this route, just be aware that this wired monitor sends data using electromagnetic interference (EMI) on your home’s wiring, which produces a lot of dirty electricity. Even without a filter, wired monitors are still a much better option than a wireless device.
Due to the growing awareness of the dangers of EMF for babies and children, safer options for baby monitors continue to be designed and produced. Some other products only transmit audio, which emits less EMF than video monitors with more audio. Others have sensors that transmit wireless frequencies only when they detect motion or noise, reducing EMF output time by up to 90%.
Another simple way to reduce EMF exposure is to keep the baby monitor away from the baby. It is recommended that it be at least 10 metres away.
It is always possible to get rid of your baby monitor completely or not use it at all in the first place! Co-sleeping (placing your baby’s crib right next to your bed) or sharing the crib during infancy is by far the safest way to keep a close eye on your baby while he or she sleeps. During daytime naps, you could carry your baby in a sling while she sleeps, which has the added benefit of regulating her heart rate and breathing. When babies are in direct contact with a caregiver’s body, they practice our breathing and heart rate. If you need to relax alone, work at home or do chores, you could let your baby nap in the room where you plan to work.
Whether you use a baby monitor or not, your baby will inevitably still be exposed to some EMF in your home, potentially from cell phones, WiFi, smart meters, home wiring, and even cell towers and power lines in your neighborhood. It is good to reduce exposure as much as possible, but it is impractical and often impossible to eliminate it completely. Taking into account the sensitivity of babies and children to EMF, another option to ensure your child’s safety is to have a Clean-Waves device in your home. Clean-Waves / Body Guard neutralizes the harmful EMFs causing, and many people report that it increases the quality of their sleep. Our technology is the only one covered by an international patent and to have demonstrated its effectiveness.