Daniëlle Cheriex has been working as a paediatrician at a child health care centre for nearly thirty years. According to her, radiation should be on the radar of both parents and child health care as a stressful environmental factor.
Daniëlle Cheriex: "I have worked as a paediatrician at various child health care centres for almost thirty years. As a paediatrician, I am concerned with collective prevention. I keep the stressful and protective factors for the development and health of a child in mind. Radiation can be a stressful factor. Not everyone is equally susceptible to it, but children, and especially babies, are very vulnerable because their organs, glands and brains are still in development.
Radiation as a stressful environmental factor
I don’t see radiation as a first cause of health problems. Especially in the first two years, children still have a huge growth potential and many compensatory mechanisms, unless we are dealing with a weakened situation like a premature baby or a very vulnerable child. However, when several factors accumulate, the situation can become so stressful that a child can develop a health problem partly due to radiation. Still, when confronted with a health complaint, radiation is not the first thing I think of from my professional viewpoint. There is a vast array of environmental factors that could be of influence. Being a child health care clinic we are the only specialty that also takes the developmental stages of the child, and the relationship between child, parent and the environment into account. In my opinion, radiation belongs here too, as a stressful environmental factor.
Mapping radiation at home
The child health care centre sends nurses to pay home visits to (future) parents. It would be a good thing if during these visits radiation would also be taken into account. For example, the nurse could check whether a child is placed near a Wi-Fi router and how the family deals with their mobile phones at home. By consciously dealing with radiation, it can even be changed from a stressful factor into protective one! In this wireless society mapping the radiation situation at home really ought to be part of the basic procedure. It is essential that children grow up in the healthiest environment possible, with as many positive, natural radiation around them as possible. I therefore always stress the importance of playing outside and running along the beach.
Parents are increasingly less available
What I notice, is that technological developments have progressed very rapidly and that we have not yet had the chance to adapt ourselves to them. We should think about this and study this matter. I am deeply concerned when, in a restaurant, I see parents entertaining a baby with an iPad or mobile phone. Or when parents check their mail or make a phone call while waiting in the child health care centre, or sometimes even during consultation, while this was an opportunity to be available for their child. Quite often, parents hand their child a mobile phone to distract it, instead of trying to find out why the child is crying or demanding attention. When the child then tries to put the mobile phone in its mouth, I definitely discuss this aspect of radiation.
Missing pedagogical advice
In daily life, I miss practical parental advice on how to deal with mobile devices. We used to have this kind of advice about watching TV, for example. The age at which children receive a mobile phone is constantly moving forward. But what age is actually appropriate to give a child a mobile phone? Together we should think about this more consciously. Also, for example, about how long a child can use a mobile phone and in which situations this is or isn’t allowed. Foremost because of the social aspect, but also because of the radiation.
Policy lags behind practice
I notice that radiation as a stressful factor is still hardly on parent’s and child health care’s radar. I advise parents not to wait until the child health care centre or the government says anything about it, but to take the initiative themselves and to study this matter. Policy often lags behind practice. Not out of ignorance or obstinacy, but this is just the way that policy-making works. Besides, once parents have learned about the effects of radiation, it can be changed from a stressful factor into a protective factor. For example, by turning off the Wi-Fi router at night. I myself use Floww products. What I like is that they have a transformer inside which converts the stressful radiation into protecting radiation: through polarity reversal it is instantly reversed into positive frequencies", concludes Daniëlle Cheriex.
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