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Children whose mothers frequently spoke on their mobile phones while pregnant are more likely to be hyperactive.

A study reveals children aged five to seven are 28 per cent more likely to suffer if their mothers spoke on a mobile four times, or for over an hour, a day while expecting, reports Daily Mail.

Children whose mothers never used a mobile phone while pregnant have the lowest risk of behavioural or emotional problems.

This may be due to the radio waves, known as electromagnetic radiation, given off by mobile phones, which has uncertain health implications.

Scientists from across the world analysed over 83,884 mother-children pairs based in Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Korea from 1996 to 2011.

Although the results raise concerns, experts warn they should be interpreted with caution. “I would say interpret these results with caution, and everything in moderation,” said lead author Laura Birks.

Dr. Robin Hansen, pediatrician, University of California said: ‘Is it something about the cellphone itself? Is it something that impacts your parenting behaviour?

Is it the electronic signals that go through your brain and your body or how it changes your interactions with your child postnatally?’

She adds children who feel ignored by their parents may be excessively active in order to get the attention they crave.

Dr Hansen said: ‘It’s not until you cry or you throw something or make a lot of noise, that your parents shift their attention from the cellphone to you.

‘It reinforces hyperactive, attention-getting behaviour.’

Maybe it is time we went back to the good old land line?

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  • who knows? they obviously need to d more research as there are a lot of things that would be cautioned against if that was the case

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  • One reason why if you must use one to have it on speaker and not hold it too close to the rest of your body. I know somebody who has a very hyperactive child and one who is attention seeking. There may be something in this theory.

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  • So do you have to talk on the phone or just use it?

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  • So glad mobile phones weren’t that prevalent when I was pregnant. Yet another thing for mums to be to watch out for

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  • I was always worried about the use of a laptop during pregnancy. And the radiation from it.

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  • This is very interesting indeed. Thank you for providing this article.

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  • An interesting article,l haven’t heard of this before!

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