BABIES are being put at risk of cancer by hi-tech cot monitors which emit deadly radiation, it is claimed.
Parents will be horrified to learn that slow-pulsing microwaves blasted out by modern digital equipment may cause leukaemia, say scientists.
Lab tests have also linked the radiation to potentially fatal brain tumours, breast cancer, headaches and disturbed behaviour patterns in kids.
Consumer group Powerwatch has urged parents to ditch digital (DECT) monitors.
Boss Alasdair Philips said: “We don’t recommend they are used. Do not put a wireless transmitter in your child’s bedroom and irradiate them unnecessarily.”
Emissions, even if the monitor is not in use, can reportedly reach six volts per metre-TWICE as strong as those found within 100 metres of mobile phone masts.
That’s a similar amount given off by digital cordless phones, as we revealed this month.
Baby monitoring mats-which check a tot’s temperature and breathing-are also a concern because it is claimed they can emit 120 TIMES the safe level of 0.05 volts per metre.
Digital products produce the radiation-but are popular because they provide clearer sound than old analogue monitors.
Expert Dr David Dowson said: “Until more research has been done, I would advise every parent not to use them.”
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