As a parent of four, and now a grandparent of eight (so far), the RF Radiation emitted by baby monitors really concerns me. I have read so many scientific studies on RF Radiation, I know how dangerous it is. And babies and fetuses are the most vulnerable.
Baby monitors emit the exact same type of RF Radiation as cell phones, WiFi routers and microwave ovens. Scientific Studies link it to things like cancer, crib death, DNA damage (especially in infants and fetuses) and male infertility.
And what makes baby monitors particularly dangerous is that they emit radiation full blast constantly whenever they are on. And most parents have it sitting right next to the baby’s head! A cell phone at least only emits at full blast when sending or receiving a call.
Table Of Contents:
- Testing A Baby Monitor With A Meter
- A Baby Monitor Is A Mini Cell Tower
- Protecting From Baby Monitor Radiation
- Safest Baby Monitors
- Aulterra EMF Neutralizer Stickers
- Baby Monitor Radiation Articles And Studies
- Final Thoughts
Testing A Baby Monitor With A Meter
The below video is part of a series of videos where I go through a whole house and test each room for RF Radiation. When I got to the baby’s room the baby monitor maxed out my meter from the doorway it was so powerful. It is a short video and very much worth watching.
Baby monitors emit the same kind of radiation that your microwave oven uses to cook food. That’s why you will want to cross a baby monitor off your registry and parent the old fashion way. And, according to researchers around the world, exposure in infancy can lead to a life of serious health problems. Would you ever put a microwave in your baby’s room? Heat up leftover lasagna while your child takes a nap just inches away? Probably not.
Most baby monitors on the market run at .850 MHz to 2.4 GHZ. Microwaves use this same bandwidth. Baby monitors however, are constantly sending signals, creating high levels of electromagnetic fields in your child’s room and throughout your home.
First let me qualify what I am about to say by saying the best thing by far, is just to not use a baby monitor. But for those who will anyway, in my article 7 Examples of Low Emission Baby Monitors I show some links to some lower radiation emitting baby monitors, or ones that only emit radiation when activated by sound or motion.
A Baby Monitor Is Like A Mini Cell Tower
A baby monitor and a WiFi Router both are like having powerful mini cell towers in your home right next to your family members. Or like I said earlier laying your baby down right next to the microwave oven while you are heating up your dinner. So when coming up with ways to block this radiation the basic principle is the same.
If you can put parallel lines of conductive metal between your family members and the RF Radiation emitting device (like by sticking the baby monitor in a metal mesh basket), you will block 90% to 95% of the harmful radiation. As an example, in this below video I show you some very good examples of this. And I even turn the WiFi on on my cell phone so that you can see how well metal mesh baskets block the RF Radiation.
Protecting From Baby Monitor Radiation
Besides getting a lower emission baby monitor, then you will want to stick it in one of the containers I show in the images to the left and right. The safest metal mesh basket is the Steel Mesh Waste Basket pictured on the right. It is big enough that there will be plenty of air distance around your baby monitor.
What most parents do who use one of these is they keep it on the ground so it looks like a waste basket when their baby is not sleeping. Then as soon as they put their baby down they turn on their baby monitor, stick it in the Steel Mesh Waste Basket and then stick the basked up high and at least 6 feet away from the baby.
If you do not like the ascetic appeal of the wast basket, then the Steel Mesh Condiment Caddy pictured on the left is your next best choice. It is cuter and can be decorated around. The below video shows you some good examples of how these steel mesh baskets. But it will still block 90% to 95% of the RF Radiation.
You just need to be sure the monitor is sitting in the bottom of the basket and that the basket is sitting at least six feet away from your baby. It is also important that you keep the basket higher than your baby’s body since the top is open on the basket and some RF Radiation will come out the top.
Safest Baby Monitors
The Safety 1st Crystal Clear Audio Monitor is one of the few baby monitors on the market that offers 49 MHz models. If you click on this Safety First link you can look at all of their baby monitor models. These baby monitors not only are analog, but they are far below the microwave (1 GHz to 300 GHz) frequency range.
I would still not set these monitors right next to my baby’s head. But I personally would feel comfortable enough to have one of these baby monitors in my baby’s room without feeling like I needed to have it in a mesh metal basket. But just about any other analog or digital baby monitor I would want in a metal mesh basket. Most baby monitors are at least 850 MHz even if they are analog.
These baby monitors have around a 600 feet range which is plenty for most situations. They are not the absolute highest quality. It is analog you will get some static noise. But you can hear your baby and it serves its purpose and you are not putting your baby in physical danger as a result.
The only thing to be cautious of with these is in some neighborhoods if there are too many devices operating on similar frequencies, the reception can be very poor.
Aulterra EMF Neutralizer Stickers
Okay now these are crazy products that you would not believe. I totally disbelieved products like this until I read the science on the Aulterra EMF Neutralizer Stickers. I used to think “how could a little sticker on the back of your cell phone protect you against RF Radiation?” I would typically dismiss these types of products and not give them a second thought.
Then one day I ran across a YouTube video that the company put out. (You can watch this video and read all of the science about Alterra in my article “Aulterra EMF Neutralizer Products Review“.) In this video it showed one of those blood tests where they prick a guys finger and then look at his blood through a microscope up on an overhead screen.
So in this video first they prick a guy’s finger and put his blood up on the screen and his blood cells look pretty normal. Then they have him make a call and talk on his cell phone for a few minutes with his cell phone up to his head. Then they prick his finger and put his blood up on the screen again.
This time his blood cells look all deformed and clumped together. They are hardly moving and look really unhealthy. Finally they stick a Aulterra EMF Neutralizer Sticker on the back of his cell phone and have him make another phone call talking with his cell phone up to his ear.
After this last phone call when they put his blood up on the screen his blood cells are normal shaped again and are flowing and not stuck together. His blood looks just like it did before he talked on the cell phone the first time. With the Aulterra sticker on his phone after making a call his blood looks totally normal. Check out the price of these EMF neutralizing stickers on their website Aulterra.com.
Aulterra Neutralizer On Baby Monitor
If you put an Aulterra EMF Neutralizer Sticker on your baby monitor it will form a paramagnetic field around the baby monitor which will “harmonize” the RF Radiation it emits. Scientific studies show that this turns the RF Radiation into a more natural form that is not harmful to your baby’s DNA.
You will still want to get a low emission baby monitor (if you choose to have one) and if it is a higher frequency than the 49 MHz monitors you will still want to put in a metal mesh basket as I show above. But since those two methods do not block 100% of the RF Radiation your baby will still be being exposed to some. That is where the Aulterra EMF Neutralizer Sticker comes in.
This will reduce significantly any harm the remaining RF Radiation can do you your precious little one. This is the approach I recommend taking if you are going to have a baby monitor. Even though I totally believe the science on these stickers I don’t want to use these as the be all end all. I want to reduce my exposure to as much RF Radiation as possible, and then have these stickers on every device to neutralize any remaining RF Radiation I am still exposed to.
Baby Monitor Radiation Articles And Studies
Dr. Magda Havas
Dr. Magda Havas is a leading expert on the biological effects of radiation in adults and children. In a recent blog about baby monitors and radiation, Dr. Havas warns parents about the dangers of the technology. “The newer pulsing digital frequencies from Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and DECT technology have now been proven beyond a doubt to be highly biologically active to the human body,” said Dr. Magda Havas, Associate Professor of Environmental & Resource Studies at Trent University.
World Health Organization
“In 2011, the IARC (the cancer division of the World Health Organization) declared all radio frequencies are a ‘possible’ cause of cancer, so I strongly suggest that you especially refrain from using audio and video baby monitors that use WiFi or DECT,” said Dr. Havas.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Wireless baby monitors emit the same level of radiation as a microwave. Microwaves heat things up. So, imagine what happens when that same level of radiation is in your child’s room? It’s terrifying. Some research indicates, radiation has the ability to heat up tissue and transform cell biology. A study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, indicates a possible correlation between exposure to radiation and autism. According to the study,
“The recently disclosed data suggest a possible correlation between autism incidence and a previously unconsidered environmental toxin. It is generally accepted in the scientific community that radiofrequency (RF) radiation is a biologically active substance. It is also readily acknowledged that human exposures to RF radiation have become pervasive during the past 20 years, whereas such exposures were uncommon prior to that time. It is suggested that fetal or neo-natal exposures to RF radiation may be associated with an increased incidence of autism.” – The Associated Bio Electromagnetics Technologists, 2004.
American Academy of Pediatrics
Some studies also indicate frequent and prolonged exposure to radiation in infants and children may increase the risk of brain cancer, anxiety, sleep problems, attention deficiency disorder, short term memory loss and immune deficiencies.
In 2005, an article titled, ‘The Sensitivity of Children to Electromagnetic Fields’ was published in the American Academy of Pediatrics. The article suggests exposure to radiation, like the kind emitted from baby monitors, can create lasting health problems for children.
“Of particular relevance to EMF exposure are childhood leukemia and brain cancer. There is consistent evidence from epidemiologic studies of a risk of childhood leukemia associated with exposure to environmentally high levels of ELF magnetic fields.” – American Academy of Pediatrics,
When it comes to radiation exposure, everyone is at risk. However, because infants are still developing and their immune system is vulnerable, they are at a higher risk of health complications due to radiation exposure, even in the smallest amounts.
“And from a physiologic point of view, they have a developing nervous system, their brain tissue is more conductive than that of adults because it has a higher water content and ion concentration, and they have greater absorption of RF energy in the tissues of the head….” – American Academy of Pediatrics
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Just because you can buy it, doesn’t make it safe. It’s clear based on scientific research, baby monitors emit radiation that can cause long term health problems for your child. In Switzerland, the government specifically warns new parents about radiation risks from baby monitors and how to protect your child.
In that warning, the government encourages parents to keep the monitor at least a meter away from the crib and to not use a system that transmits continuously. In the United States, there is no such warning for parents. In 2012, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning about the possible strangulation of monitor cords, but there was no mention of radiation risks.
The International EMF Scientist Appeal
There is a global effort to better understand the effects of radiation on children and infants. In 2015, 190 scientists from around the world asked the World Health Organization take a deeper look at the modern day public health crisis:
“The World Health Organization (WHO) is encouraged to exert strong leadership in fostering the development of more protective EMF guidelines, to call for precautionary measures, and to educate the public about health risks, particularly risks posed to children and to normal fetal development. By not taking action, the WHO is failing to fulfil its role as the preeminent international public health agency.” – The International EMF Scientist Appeal
As parent, you want to protect your child from all the dangers of the world. It’s up to you to do your research and determine the best way to keep your children safe. Baby monitors are intended to give you peace of mind, but in fact they can create big problems that may not be visible for years to come. So, for now it’s best to check on your child with your own two eyes and leave modern day technology out of it.
I really hope that this article was helpful and beneficial to you. In my opinion there is no other RF Radiation emitting device that I would more like to get the word out on than a baby monitor. The reason this is so important to me is because our infants are our most innocent and vulnerable family members. They are not only so precious to us, but they are the most easily affected by RF Radiation because they are smaller and still developing.
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