Microwaves in the children’s bedroom
‘With the baby monitor, a helpful guardian enters the nursery. Unfortunately, some devices produce radiation exposure as is found in the vicinity of mobile phone radio towers.’
17 Baby monitors were purchased by the German Ökotest and their output of microwave (RF) radiation was tested. The results were summarised on the Ökotest website:
Baby Monitors – No waves of enthusiasm
Electrosmog from the baby monitor
‘Almost half of the devices are “deficient” or “inadequate”. This is mainly due to the use of DECT technology. DECT baby monitors work with pulsed high-frequency microwaves and this in most cases a transmission that doesn’t stop. Only with two DECT models which had a Eco-Mode function (the Audioline BabyCare 6 Eco Zero and the NUK Eco Control+ baby monitor, DECT 267 LCD) the continuous radiation can be switched off. Studies have shown that pulsed radiation can, among other things, alter cerebral currents and increase the risk of cancer. The four “very good” analogue devices prove that without DECT is much better.
Eco-Mode in Baby Monitors often ineffective
Many manufacturers advertise with ‘Eco-Mode’ or ‘Low-Radiation’. Upon closer inspection, there is often very little proof to justify the claims.
Even with the Audioline Baby Care 6 Eco Zero, at a distance of 2 meter (6.5 feet), an electromagnetic power density of 4,900 microwatt per square meter was measured. The Topcom Babytalker 3500 SEDS Digital Baby Monitor was measured at 3,000 microwatt per square meter.
From a value of just 100 microwatt per square meter there are already measurable biological effects. When the Eco-Mode is activated on the NUK Eco Control+ Baby Monitor, the DECT 267 LCD or the Phillips Avent SCD 525 DECT Baby Monitor, the radiation is somewhat reduced, but the reduction is so minimal that, at 1 meter (3feet) distance, the microwave radiation exposure is still far more than 100 microwatt per square meter.
…. a NIGHTMARE for the young nervous system!
More than a third of the products, at 1 meter (3feet) distance, still generated more electrical alternating fields than the Swedish TCO-norm allows for computer workstations at a 30cm (1feet) distance.
At first sight, the ability to control the range is a useful additional function. Unfortunately, the carrier signal is constantly transmitted at short intervals. The result: Unnecessary additional electrosmog.’
Conclusion: If possible, abondon the use of a baby monitor… and rather go and have a look at the little one from time to time.