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The Definitive Guide to Protecting Your Children from EMFs

This field guide is all about recognizing and lowering the EMF exposures in your children’s environment.

You’ll learn what these sources are and how to best go about avoiding them entirely or lessening the EMFs possible impact.

Let’s begin:

Practical Tips on Keeping Your Children’s EMF Exposure as Low as Possible

Children today are being subjected to unprecedented levels of man-made electro-magnetic radiation. This guide will show you how to reduce or eliminate many common of these EMF sources.

We’ll focus on four man-made types of EMFs and give you practical ideas on how to protect or shield your children from them.

We also have a guide on how to provide a low EMF environment for your newborns and babies.

If, after reading this and the Beginner’s Guide to EMFs, you still have questions, please contact us and we’ll do our best to answer them.

Some of the product links may be affiliate links, which help support our mission of EMF education.

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Read The Beginner’s Guide to EMFs & other EMF Field Guides

If you’re unsure of what EMFs are, please take some time and read The Beginner’s Guide to EMFs sections on our website. These will give you a better understanding of what EMFs are in general and what we mean when we write about AC Magnetic Fields, Radio Frequency Fields, 5G Radio Frequency Fields, AC Electric Fields and Dirty Electricity.

These are available for free on this website. See the top nav on the page.

Afterwards, we’ve also written several EMF Field Guides that are quick reads and give you a better sense of the types of sources of these man-made EMFs.

These are also free on here. Click on “EMF Field Guides” in the top nav.

All this content is available in Kindle and eReader versions, as well, if you would prefer to read these off-line or simply want to support our educational mission. Much obliged!

Section 01:

 

Common Radio Frequency Radiation Sources That May Affect Your Children

Radio frequency fields are one of the most common exposures that children experience with EMFs.

Below we’ll go over the most common sources. View our other EMF Field Guides to see a wide array of other sources.

Let’s view these:

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Cell Phones and Children

Cell phones are continually giving off radio frequency radiation as the devices communicate with cell towers, wifi routers and bluetooth devices.

Here are five tips:

01 – A simple solution to reduce this exposure for you and your children is to place your phone in airplane mode when you’re not waiting for an important phone call.01

02 – When your children are making a call to family members, make sure the phone is in speaker mode and placed on a surface where they won’t make contact with it.

03 – Facetime and Skype calls on the phone are best done at a distance with a parent holding the phone.

04 – When you are using your phone make sure you aren’t browsing, texting or calling with the phone directly adjacent to your child’s head or body. Keep it at arm’s length, as much as possible.

05 – When using a baby stroller don’t place a non-airplane mode phone in the stroller pockets. These pockets are often right next to the child’s body.

A Low EMF Solution

Cell phones have become nearly ubiquitous in our society today and can be a frequent close source of RF radiation for children. Being diligent in using airplane mode and being mindful of distance can lower their exposure considerably.

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IPads and Tablets

These should also be in airplane mode, as much as possible, with wi-fi and bluetooth turned off. Most movie or show purchases you make will be available for offline viewing.

The Netflix app, YouTube app and Amazon Prime app all allow downloading of their content for offline viewing, as well.

A Low EMF Solution

Airplane mode is your friend.

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Airplane Mode, Airplane Mode, Airplane Mode

Just wanted to hammer the point home that when your child uses a cell phone or tablet, if possible, put it in airplane mode making sure that wi-fi and bluetooth are turned off.

This may require a little foresight on your part to make sure that movies, shows and apps are preloaded and available offline.

A Low EMF Solution

One more vote for airplane mode!

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Wi-Fi and Wi-fi Extenders

Wi-fi routers and extenders/boosters, like cell phones, are a common source of radio frequency radiation.

If you can stop using wi-fi entirely and only use hardwired internet connections, please do so!

Hardwiring your internet isn’t difficult and will eliminate your child’s exposure to this entirely.

If you’re unable to do so, due to security, medical or housing arrangements, get in the habit of keeping it off as much as possible.

Additionally, make sure your children’s bedrooms are far away from these routers and extenders.02

One product we recommend to our clients is an infra-red remote on/off switch. This switch basically plugs into a socket and then your router is plugged into the switch and can be turned on and off with a remote control.

If you have to occasionally use wifi, you can utilize this to turn the router on and then immediately turn it off after you’re done.

Learn more about this on/off switch.

 

A Low EMF Solution

Turning off you Wi-Fi can be achieved by the following means:

A – Some internet providers that have a wireless router bundled with their service modem have apps that you can use to remotely turn the wireless router on and off.

B – Put your wireless router on a mechanical timer that you plug into your electrical outlet. This will turn it off every day at a selected time.

C – Utilize a remote IR kill switch. Right before you go to bed, you can turn off your wireless router with the click of a button and then turn it back on when you wake up.

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Cordless Phones

Cordless phones produce an astonishing amount of RF radiation. Most phones come with multiple docking stations that are often found in multiple rooms.

When you have young children it’s best to just get rid of these and utilize a corded land-line.

A Low EMF Solution

Some protection from the RF and electric field exposure can be achieved with specialized EMF shielding products.

Please visit our Guide to Pregnancy and EMFs, too.

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Baby Monitors

If you have other young children, you probably are utilizing baby monitors. Most, if not all, of these produce radio frequency fields as they communicate.

Luckily, these can be hardwired to eliminate the RF exposure to you and the rest of your family.

Read our Low EMF Nursery guide to learn more.

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View our EMF Field Guide to Low-EMF Nurseries to learn more about how to do this.

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Entertainment Technology

Entertainment consoles are littered with all types of devices that produce radio frequency radiation through the use of wifi, bluetooth and/or cellular technology.

Common sources of radio frequency radiation in the average living or TV room are:

– Smart TVs
– Wireless Cable Boxes (Comcast, DirectTV, Dish Network)
– Gaming systems (Playstations, Xbox and Nintendo)
– Smart Speakers (Alexa, Google Home)
– DVD players with smart features
– Digital Media Players (Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku)
– Wireless speakers (Sonos, Bose)
– Bluetooth computer peripherals (wireless mouse and keyboard)

These fields can be mitigated by turning off the wireless and bluetooth functionality and running a hardwired ethernet connection to the devices instead.

At a minimum, put the devices on a power strip that can easily be turned off when not in use.

A Low EMF Solution

View our EMF Field Guide to Lower EMF Exposure in Living Rooms and TV Rooms to learn more about these.

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Smart Watches & Fitness Trackers

When you’re around and playing with your children, these should be in airplane mode with wi-fi and bluetooth turned off.

Especially pay attention to this with newborns that are being cradled.

A Low EMF Solution

You’re probably tired of hearing about airplane mode by now.

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Smart Toys

Wi-fi and bluetooth technology is getting incorporated into more and more toys these days. It’s something to be aware of when purchasing gifts.

If you do have these, make sure they aren’t in the child’s crib during their many hours of sleep.

A Low EMF Solution

When researching a product, do a search for the product name + wifi or bluetooth.

RF chipped toys will necessarily have batteries, too, so that often is a giveaway.

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Other Internal RF Sources

Other common internal sources of radio frequency radiation are:

– Wireless security systems
– IoT (The Internet of Things or smart home products)

View our other EMF Field Guides to learn more about these sources.

A Low EMF Solution

We cover many of these in our other EMF Field Guides.

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External RF Sources

Two common sources of external radio frequency sources are wireless utility meters and close proximity cell towers.

Wireless utility meters can be swapped out for non-transmitting models.

Cell phone towers should be avoided as much as possible.

Read our guide on locating cell towers to lower your EMF exposure. You’ll be surprised how many churches, schools and parks have cell phone towers on top of them or directly adjacent to them.

A Low EMF Solution

We’ll have more how-to guides on this material coming soon.

Section 02:

 

Common AC Magnetic Field Radiation Sources That May Affect Your Children

AC magnetic fields are another common exposure that children experience with EMFs.

Below we’ll go over some common, man-made sources of magnetic fields. View our other EMF Field Guides for more sources.

Let’s begin:

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Powerlines

Overhead and underground power lines are common sources of elevated magnetic field levels within homes.

Shielding these can be difficult, so your best bet is to increase your distance from the source.

You don’t want your children to sleep in areas with elevated magnetic field levels. This applies to the adults in the home, as well.

Sometimes you may come across an unavoidable source (like a fridge or breaker box on the other side of a wall). You may need to try and shield against it in those circumstances.

A Low EMF Solution

There are some shielding options, but distance is your friend here.

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Kitchen & Home Appliances

Anything with a motor, condenser, or an electric clock will have some magnetic fields.

Examples of these are refrigerators, furnaces, stoves and dishwashers. Microwave ovens produce RF radiation and are another to look out for.

The kitchen can be a real exposure problem for adults and children.

It’s important to understand the high exposure areas of the kitchen and make sure your young children aren’t spending a lot of time in them.

An EMF consultant can survey for you or you can get an EMF meter and do the sleuthing yourself (see below).

A Low EMF Solution

See our EMF Field Guides for other sources. Our EMF Field Guide to EMFs in Kitchens is a good one.

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Wiring Errors

Electrical wiring errors are also common causes of elevated magnetic fields in homes. These can be quite large and are important to survey for. Especially in your children’s bedrooms and other places of the home that are occupied frequently.

EMF Professionals can be helpful testing and then talking with electricians about how to mitigate this.

A Low EMF Solution

View our EMF professionals page to see practitioners near you.

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Stray Current on Utility Lines

A surprising, yet not uncommon, source of magnetic fields are the stray electrical amperage coming into a home from water, gas, telephone and cable utility lines.

More about this phenomena soon.

A Low EMF Solution

EMF Pros and electricians can help you with this.

Section 03:

 

Common AC Electric Field Radiation Sources That May Affect Your Children

AC electric fields are lesser known, but something that you should be aware of in regard to your children

Below we’ll go over some common, man-made sources of electric fields. View our other EMF Field Guides for more sources, especially the EMF Field Guide to Nurseries and Children’s Rooms.

Let’s get started:

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Energized Electrical Circuits

In most homes, if an electrical circuit is energized you’re going to have the presence of electrical fields.

Having an electrician install an on-demand switch to de-energize the bedrooms will alleviate the fields.

An EMF Consultant can help you map out the breaker box, as it relates to electric fields.

Some people recommend turning off the breakers manually to achieve the same effect, but we don’t advise doing this without having a certified electrician come out and sign off on the safety and the condition of the breaker box and individual circuit breakers.

 

A Low EMF Solution

This is something to be aware of and worth contacting an EMF consultant about.

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Electrical Cords

Power cords effectively become extensions to the energized electrical circuit. If not properly shielded, they will produce electric fields, as well.

Examples of these are:

– light cords
– plug-in strips
– extension cords
– phone charger cords
– product cords

When we do surveys, we’ll sometimes see half a dozen cords snaking around and underneath people’s beds. Make sure this isn’t the case in your child’s room.  Make sure they are a sufficient distance from where your child is playing or sleeping.

You can purchase battery powered clocks and lights and all your charging should be done in a different room entirely.

A Low EMF Solution

There are a lot of battery powered options for standards items you see in children’s rooms.

Section 04:

 

Common Dirty Electricity Sources That May Affect Your Children

Dirty Electricity is known to some folks in health circles, but is something to be aware of if you haven’t heard of it before.

Below we’ll go over some some sources of dirty electricity. View our other EMF Field Guides for more sources, especially the EMF Field Guide to Nurseries and Children’s Rooms.

Let’s get started:

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Light Bulbs

Many of the newer light bulbs achieve their cost savings by continually turning on and off at extremely high rates. Thes include CFL/LED/Fluorescent/Halogen light bulbs.

This causes dirty electricity and can be less pleasing to the eye. To ensure your a healthy environment for you and your children consider switching to old-school incandescent bulbs.

A Low EMF Solution

If you have a choice, old school incandescent bulbs are the way to go.

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Dimmer Switches

Dimmer switches work in the same manner as the newer light bulbs.

We recommend swapping these out for normal light switches, but if you decide to keep them make sure your child isn’t sleeping or spending time in close proximity to the fixture.

A Low EMF Solution

We recommend going old school with your switches.

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Device Power Supplies

Most devices have power transformers that can influence the dirty electricity levels on your room’s electrical circuit.

Just something to be aware of when testing for levels in rooms where your child spends a lot of time.

A Low EMF Solution

These can simply be unplugged when not in use.

Section 05:

 

How to Test for These EMFs

Unsure if you want to hire an EMF professional or test for EMFs yourself?

If so, then please visit our page “Hire an EMF Pro or DIY EMF?” to learn more.

Below are the types of meters you would use to detect the four types of man-made EMFs we go over in this Field Guide.

How to test for RF Fields

You can survey radio frequency fields with an RF Meter.

Our current favorite beginner’s RF meter is the Trifield TF2.

Visit our Best EMF Meters of 2020, to learn more about the Trifield TF2 and other beginner, intermediate and professional level RF meters.

How to test for AC Magnetic Fields

You can survey magnetic fields with a gaussmeter. Decent gaussmeters are affordable and easy to use.

Visit our EMF Meter Reviews page to learn which gaussmeter or multi-use meter we recommend.

How to test for AC Electric Fields

You can survey AC electric fields with an electrical field strength meter.

Visit our EMF Meter Reviews page to learn which field strength meter or multi-use meter we recommend.

How to test for Dirty Electricity

You can test your home for elevated dirty electricity levels with a power line meter.

Two popular meters are the Greenwave and Stetzerizer meters.

Visit our Best EMF Meters of 2020, to learn more about our meter recommendations.

Section 06:

 

A Recap of How to Limit the
EMF Exposure of Your Children

Here’s some of the more important points of the EMF Field Guide in recap.

The ages encompassing a person’s childhood are such important years of growth and development. We feel it’s worth the effort to lower their man-made EMF exposures.

We think low EMF environments for children are an important health standard to be focused on. The home is the lone environment that parents can have some control over. Try your hardest to make it a low EMF sanctuary.

A recap of things to be on the look out for with your kids:

– Wi-fi routers and wi-fi extenders
– cell phone and tablet use (use airplane mode and don’t use around children’s head)
– Smart TVs, smart speakers and other technology that use wi-fi or bluetooth
– Appliances that can produce large magnetic fields, like fridges, stoves and dishwashers.
– game systems
– Microwave ovens (RF radiation)
– Electric clocks and other devices with unshielded plugs
– Cordless telephones
– Smart meters from your electric, water and gas companies
– Wiring errors (magnetic fields)

If you aren’t comfortable purchasing EMF meters and doing the survey yourself, EMF consultants will be happy to assist you.

If you want to give DIY EMF testing a try start start with our “Best EMF Meters of 2020” page and then begin reading the free content found on our website.

If you’d prefer a PDF or Kindle version of the guides, we offer low-priced editions. You can view those below.

We mentioned this in the beginning, but if you have any questions about any of this, please contact us!

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