Cell Phones and WiFiWhat You Need To Know

Cell phones have become integral to our lives. Having all that information at our fingertips and being able to quickly communicate is fantastic. But cell phones emit radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic fields. Babies are more likely to be harmed by radiation exposure because their skulls and other biological systems are still developing. Exposure to RF from cell phone use may increase cancer risk and interfere with brain development and reproductive health. While more research is needed to understand the range of possible health consequences, you can choose to practice precaution now!

What To Avoid
Cell phones for 2 and under:The American Academy of Pediatrics states that it may be developmentally harmful for children under 2-years-old to play with or use cell phones. (This is true for cordless phones too as the radiation emitted from cordless ones can be as high as cell phones.)
Exposure:Keep your cell phone as far away from your baby as possible and ideally turn it off. Remember that proximity, duration, and level of exposures all matter when it comes to cell phone radiation. Limit your own use of cell phones when you are with or around your child. When you’re distracted, you can’t be present for your child.
Body contact:Avoid placing your cell phone, wireless laptop, or tablet on your abdomen. Avoid carrying your cell phone on your body such as in a pocket, and don’t talk or text while holding a phone against your body.
Safer Choices
Unplug:Unplug or turn off your home WiFi router when not in use such as at bedtime.
Speaker or air tube:When on the phone, talk on speaker setting or with an “air tube” headset.
Location:If your job requires you to use a computer, position yourself so that you are not sitting close to the router or between the router and your computer.
Find Safer Products
Websites and Apps:
Clearya is a free browser extension and app that notifies you when there are unsafe ingredients in your makeup, personal care, baby care, cleaning and other products, and helps you find safe products.
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics - Nontoxic Black Beauty Project
They offer a list and database of non-toxic beauty products made and sold by Black-owned companies that are committed to toxic-free beauty and personal care products.
Detox Me
This app allows you to scan barcodes on products to find relevant tips. They also offer a buying guide to decode product labels and find non-toxic alternatives.
Environmental Working Group (EWG)
EWG has a "Skin Deep" database that rates personal care and beauty products based on their safety and toxicity levels. EWG also offers a Healthy Living app that allows you to scan barcodes and find safer products.
Think Dirty
This app and website allow you to scan or search for personal care products to see their ingredient safety ratings.