Frequent cell phone use during pregnancy increases the risk for behavioral problems, particularly hyperactivity/inattention or emotional problems in their children, suggests a study.
The finding was based on a multi-national analysis, which used participant data from over 80,000 mother-child pairs in five cohorts from Denmark, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway and Spain, extending over time periods 1996 to 2011.
Based on the frequency of calls during pregnancy reported by the mothers, the cell phone use was categorized into none, low, medium and high. The child behavioral problems were classified in the borderline/clinical and clinical ranges in children aged 5-7years based on the Child Behavior Checklist submitted by the mothers.
According to the analysis, there was a fairly consistent association between increasing risk of child behavioral problems and increased use of cell phone during pregnancy.
Source: Science Direct
by RTT Staff Writer
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