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Maternal cell phone use in early pregnancy and child’s language, communication and motor skills at 3 and 5 years: the Norwegian mother and child cohort study (MoBa)

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dc.contributor.author Papadopoulou, Eleni, 1985-
dc.contributor.author Haugen, Margaretha
dc.contributor.author Schjølberg, Synnve
dc.contributor.author Magnus, Per
dc.contributor.author Brunborg, Gunnar
dc.contributor.author Vrijheid, Martine
dc.contributor.author Alexander, Jan
dc.date.accessioned 2024-05-28T10:09:12Z
dc.date.available 2024-05-28T10:09:12Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Papadopoulou E, Haugen M, Schjølberg S, Magnus P, Brunborg G, Vrijheid M, et al. Maternal cell phone use in early pregnancy and child’s language, communication and motor skills at 3 and 5 years: the Norwegian mother and child cohort study (MoBa). BMC Public Health. 2017 Dec;17(1):685. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-017-4672-2
dc.identifier.issn 1471-2458
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/60264
dc.description.abstract Background. Cell phone use during pregnancy is a public health concern. We investigated the association between maternal cell phone use in pregnancy and child’s language, communication and motor skills at 3 and 5 years. Methods. This prospective study includes 45,389 mother-child pairs, participants of the MoBa, recruited at mid-pregnancy from 1999 to 2008. Maternal frequency of cell phone use in early pregnancy and child language, communication and motor skills at 3 and 5 years, were assessed by questionnaires. Logistic regression was used to estimate the associations. Results. No cell phone use in early pregnancy was reported by 9.8% of women, while 39%, 46.9% and 4.3% of the women were categorized as low, medium and high cell phone users. Children of cell phone user mothers had 17% (OR = 0.83, 95% CI: 0.77, 0.89) lower adjusted risk of having low sentence complexity at 3 years, compared to children of non-users. The risk was 13%, 22% and 29% lower by low, medium and high maternal cell phone use. Additionally, children of cell phone users had lower risk of low motor skills score at 3 years, compared to children of non-users, but this association was not found at 5 years. We found no association between maternal cell phone use and low communication skills. Conclusions. We reported a decreased risk of low language and motor skills at three years in relation to prenatal cell phone use, which might be explained by enhanced maternal-child interaction among cell phone users. No evidence of adverse neurodevelopmental effects of prenatal cell phone use was reported.
dc.description.sponsorship The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007–2013) under grant agreement no 603794 – the GERONIMO project. The Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study are supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services and the Ministry of Education and Research, NIH/NIEHS (contract no N01-ES-75558), NIH/NINDS (grant no.1 UO1 NS 047537–01 and grant no.2 UO1 NS 047537-06A1).
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher BioMed Central
dc.relation.ispartof BMC Public Health. 2017 Dec;17(1):685
dc.rights This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
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dc.title Maternal cell phone use in early pregnancy and child’s language, communication and motor skills at 3 and 5 years: the Norwegian mother and child cohort study (MoBa)
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-017-4672-2
dc.subject.keyword Cell phone users
dc.subject.keyword Mother-child pairs
dc.subject.keyword Motor skill scores
dc.subject.keyword Incomplete grammar
dc.subject.keyword Pregnancy-related characteristics
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/603794
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