"In most nurseries and children's rooms I measure too much electromagnetic radiation generated by wireless devices like baby monitors and wireless Internet," says radiation biologist Huub Smolders. He gives tips on how to reduce this radiation and explains why this is important.
Nurseries and children's rooms are getting ‘smarter’ by the day: baby monitors with camera, rompers that show whether the baby has a temperature, sensor pads that register the movement and breathing of the child, toys that talk back, PlayStation with wireless consoles ... It is all purchased for the welfare and/or safety of the child. Few realize however, that these smart devices emit a lot of electromagnetic radiation, which could well have a negative effect on the health  and on the wellbeing   of the child.
Too much radiation in children’s rooms
"Since the rise of wireless technology I generally measure too much radiation in most children’s rooms and nurseries," says radiation biologist Huub Smolders. A radiation biologist examines different types of electromagnetic radiation through measurements . "Scientists and physicians have set a precautionary standard that indicates that the amount of radiation of wireless devices in a bedroom should preferably not exceed 1 microwatt, especially not in the bedroom of a child. Above this 1 microwatt there is a real risk that health complaints arise, such as sleep problems, headaches or hyperactive behaviour."
Sources of radiation
Huub: "People often worry about the radiation coming from transmission towers, but most sources of radiation are right in your home. For example, the wireless home telephone (DECT) on the bedside table, the wireless baby monitor in the baby cot, the mobile phone right next to the play pen and of course wireless internet. And what I increasingly come across are wifi amplifiers. These are immense sources of radiation, where I sometimes measure extreme values from 10,000 to 15,000 microwatt."
Advice to parents
"The nursery or children’s room is the most important room in the house because it’s there that a child should be able to unwind. Hence the radiation intensity there should be lower than in the rest of the house. 'Smart', or wireless for that matter, is plain stupid here. My advice: choose a low-radiation baby monitor and make sure it is not too close to the bed and pull out the plug when it is not being used. Turn the Wifi router off at night and when it is not in use. Buy an eco-dect home phone that only transmits when you are connected and do not forget to actually switch the eco function on. And remember that a PlayStation still radiates when it is not in use. "
Use natural materials
"Also, use as many natural materials in the nursery as possible, such as wood, wool and cotton. Preferably don’t place a carpet, synthetic curtains or use synthetic cuddly toys because of their static electricity. Choose a bed made of wood with minimal metal attached, because metal conducts radiation. The position of the nursery in the home is also important. The greater the distance it has to all sources of radiation, the less radiation there will be. When the nursery is situated right above the cupboard with the Wifi router, it will have more radiation than if it is on other side of the house."
Not everyone is equally sensitive
Even so, not everyone is equally sensitive to radiation, says Huub. "Every person has his own "bucket" and when that fills up, every person reacts differently. Children, the elderly and those in poor health are believed to be more sensitive, so it is primarily in their interest to find out how much radiation there is in a house. A sensitive child of three months can be heavily loaded with radiation and have several symptoms, while the parents have no problem at all. The radiation exposure is also often an addition: of for example, the strong Wifi signals in the bedroom ánd the baby monitor ánd the synthetic curtains."
Using radiation in a positive way with Floww
Besides advocating radiation-reducing measures, Huub usually also advises people to apply Floww® Health Technology. Is taking radiation-reducing measures then not enough? Huub: "Radiation reduction is important because with less radiation around, the body has to work less hard. But even if you turn off all your wireless devices, substantial 'residual radiation' will remain. Such as that from the wireless internet of the neighbours, the transmission towers around or the electromagnetic fields of your household appliances. With Floww® Health Technology this radiation can be transformed into a field of natural radiation with body frequencies  leading to more peace and conservation of energy."