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Scared my phone could have hurt DS :(

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newmum234 Wed 07-Oct-20 14:51:00

I have a white noise app on my smartphone that I use throughout all DS's naps and at bedtime. I've been leaving my phone in his cot with the app playing constantly. I wedge it between the cot and the mattress so it's secure, and it's only about 20cm from his head.

I randomly started wondering earlier if it's okay for a baby to be so close to a mobile phone, Googled and came across this article:

www.mirror.co.uk/science/you-should-never-your-baby-9935251

Now I'm really worried that I've exposed him to electromagnetic fields and am feeling terrible sad Could I have harmed him?! DS is 5.5 months.

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WithTheJonses Wed 07-Oct-20 14:56:56

No it wouldn't hurt him love. Maybe don't have it so close though. You can buy ewan the sheep that does the same thing and isn't harmful. Have a look on google x

newmum234 Wed 07-Oct-20 15:08:32

Thanks - but how do you know? sad

I need something that plays continuous white noise ideally - it looks like Ewan the Sheep is only 20 mins?

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ew1990 Wed 07-Oct-20 15:11:04

Can you not get a radio and just have it not tuned in if that makes sense

ChablisandCrisps Wed 07-Oct-20 15:11:20

Buy an alexa, I use one in all of my childrens rooms and she plays anything on a loop. There is a sleep sounds app that does all different white noise sounds smile

Kittykat93 Wed 07-Oct-20 15:11:22

Just buy a white noise machine or use a fan in the room like I do. You haven't harmed him.

HardonCollider Wed 07-Oct-20 15:13:39

We have an Ollie the owl for the white noise and a bit of a nightlight.. he stays on for as long as you leave him! Well worth the money and looks cute too 😊

JoanApple Wed 07-Oct-20 15:15:24

Get a bluetooth speaker?

newmum234 Wed 07-Oct-20 15:15:57

I looked at Ollie the Owl (The Tommee Tippee one?) on the John Lewis website and it says it only plays sound for 20 mins - is that the case?

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newmum234 Wed 07-Oct-20 15:18:43

I'm honestly terrified that I've harmed him as per the Mirror article sad

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stormtrooperjulian Wed 07-Oct-20 15:19:45

Get a white noise machine - ours cost about £25 from Amazon, we play it in DS's room all night and for naps.

newmum234 Wed 07-Oct-20 15:20:04

I've just looked at the instructions for the white noise app, and it says it recommends putting the phone in airplane mode or placing it at least 1M away from baby. I've been leaving it so much closer than that and not in airplane mode for months!!

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MrsTerryPratchett Wed 07-Oct-20 15:20:09

I need something that plays continuous white noise ideally - it looks like Ewan the Sheep is only 20 mins?

Fan? They have the added benefit of possible protection against SIDS.

omega3 Wed 07-Oct-20 15:21:55

Is there any benefit to using white noise all the time?

newmum234 Wed 07-Oct-20 15:22:50

Thanks for all the suggestions but does anyone know if I could have harmed DS? I'm really freaking out - I can't believe I've been so stupid sad

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OnSilverStars Wed 07-Oct-20 15:23:23

I'd be more scared of the phone overheating being wedged next to a mattress!

We use these for white noise in our kids rooms. They work great

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marpac-Classic-White-Noise-Machine/dp/B006Z9V1LM/ref=mpss_a11_2_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=dohm&qid=1602080525&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyRjlENTU3UjNDMUFHJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwOTkwMjA4MkFXUlZPQkNMS1k3MyZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwOTExNzQxMkdLRFFHU1BZTkgzUiZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX3Bob25lX3NlYXJjaF9hdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl

OnSilverStars Wed 07-Oct-20 15:27:42

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AintOverUntilTheCatLadySings Wed 07-Oct-20 15:28:33

newmum234

Thanks for all the suggestions but does anyone know if I could have harmed DS? I'm really freaking out - I can't believe I've been so stupid sad


You haven't harmed DS.

If you had / this was possible there would be lots of new stories and scientific studies about it. It would be all over the news and social media.

Put it this way, if this was a thing, you wouldn't have had to go looking for an article about it.

I used to be a health journalist and we'd twist any old crap to make a story just get our editor to sign it off so that we could go home (pub)

Redcrayons Wed 07-Oct-20 15:28:45

Thanks for all the suggestions but does anyone know if I could have harmed DS? I'm really freaking out - I can't believe I've been so stupid sad

Did you read the article all the way to the end?

"On the long-term effects, it's more messy. Of the substantial body of evidence we have, most of it shows nothing”

It’s happened. It’s most likely not a problem, and you know there are alternatives out there.

022828MAN Wed 07-Oct-20 15:29:29

Why don't you just leave it on a table or windowsill in his room? Why so close?
Either way, it won't have done any harm so don't worry

FatGirlShrinking Wed 07-Oct-20 15:29:53

Please for love of everything holy do not accept an article in the Mirror as scientific truth.

The article even says that they can't come to any solid evidence on long term effects.

Here's something from the FDA saying no link to health conditions other than a potential tissue heating issue if you have a mobile phone pressed to skin for a long long time

https://www.fda.gov/radiation-emitting-products/cell-phones/do-cell-phones-pose-health-hazard

SeasonallySnowyPeasant Wed 07-Oct-20 15:31:00

No, you haven't hurt him. I work in an industry that makes products with huge electro-magnetic emissions - think MRI scanners. Consumer devices like mobile phones are absolutely fine.

AintOverUntilTheCatLadySings Wed 07-Oct-20 15:31:12

I'm more worried about you, to be honest. Are you anxiety levels quite high in general ?

I suffered a lot with post natal anxiety and it's not fun. thanksthanks

Chocolate4me Wed 07-Oct-20 15:33:35

There would have been so many cases if it was the case that it could do harm as so many people have phones close to them and babies and use them during pregnancy etc.
The zoe penguin is good as you can connect it to Bluetooth via your phone and play music through it. Again it uses Bluetooth and if it was thought to be harmful then they wouldn't sell it

newmum234 Wed 07-Oct-20 15:36:30

Thanks sad

I put it so close to him because I thought I needed to in order to help him sleep.

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