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Is Radiation From Airplanes Harmful To My Baby
This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more
I heard that flying on an airplane exposes you to lots of radiation. True or false, and if true then why?
Bottom line: I would not be concerned unless you fly extremely often and at higher altitudes. The higher the altitude, the less the atmosphere absorbs radiation but it takes over 150 hours of flight to achieve any significant levels of exposure.See 2 more doctor answers
Yes: But small amount from cosmic radiation, with in the safe limits.
None: Down syndrome is a chromosamal condition, not an x-ray induced condition.
Unless there: Is implanted radiotherapy, that remains with you when you finish a daily treatment, there is no hazard. Implanted 125-i seeds in prostate cancer brings radiation home in tiny exposire, but we suggest no baby on the lap. Breast brachy, xoft or mammosite variations, cx/pros hdr leave all the radiation where you get it. You carry none home to anyone.See 2 more doctor answers
Zero: There is no documented risk of cell phones to babies. There are always a few who like to speculate that anything we do has risk. We have all sorts of radio waves and other radiation generated from the sun that travels through us on a daily basis whether we have a decoder/receiver unit for them or not.
Xrays in pregnancy: First, try to avoid radiation. If it is so important someone's health is at great risk, go ahead with the x-ray but try to avoid exposure of the uterus by covering it with lead apron. Really try to avoid big time radiation like CT scans. If the x-ray has already taken place before you knew you were pregnant, not much to do now except inform your OB so they are aware the exposure took place.
See below: Unless the radiation is delivered by implanted seeds, most people receiving external beam radiation are not going to place a child at risk. Check with your doctors to see which type of radiation that you are receiving.
Absolutely: Unless the ovaries or testes were in the radiation port, which is unlikely, these people do as well as anyone else. I reviewed the subject a few years ago, and survivors of wilms tumor, neuroblastoma, osteosarcoma, and childhood brain tumors all seem to be able to be moms and dads to healthy babies. Congratulations on your survival and your wish to share life with others.See 1 more doctor answer
Usually yes: It depends on the type of radiation treatment. Radiation that is directed at the body from a machine is gone as soon as the machine is turned off. You do not remain "radioactive". Radiation that is put into the body through an iv, an oral liquid, or implanted pellets or seeds stays with the patient, and the patient should avoid babies for a period of time. Ask your doctor or nurse.See 1 more doctor answer
I used to sit my cellphone in my babies car seat and turn on white noise to help him sleep. Now I worry I exposed him to too much radiation! True?
Don't know yet...: Some studies suggest that there is an increased risk of brain tumors with excessive use of cell phones, while other studies do not agree. I think the jury is still out on whether this type of exposure can lead to any health problems. However, even if there is an increased risk, the overall risk of a problem because of this is still very low.See 1 more doctor answer
Not exactly: A ct is by definition 'radiation', since it is a series of xrays computer reconstructed as sliced pictures of body tissues. It doesn't cause radiation but exposes the person to radiation. Modern ones may expose one to an amount similar to a transcontinental flight over the usa. Repeat exposure is a current topic of concern, but no specific learning disorder has been identified as connected to this.See 1 more doctor answer
Doubt connection: Any learning disabilities suffered by a premi that survives most likely represent factors that precipitated premature delivery & the need for resuscitation & intensive care, not the ct scan. Last year my patient, "littlest angel" (14oz @ birth) graduated from the honors program at baylor in 3 yrs. It didn't slow her down. She never got real tall but she is quite a survivor.
Yes: You can bring your child's car seat on the airplane, but you will need to purchase a ticket for your child. Some car seats are suitable for airplane use, some are not. Check with the manufacturer for details. If you choose not to purchase a seat for your infant, remember to bring the car seat as luggage. You will want to have your car seat handy at your destination!See 11 more doctor answers
Avoid midday sun: The biggest radiation source is the midday sun. When the sun is at it's highest intensity, it's a good time to cover up, go inside, find shade, etc. Also, imaging can cause notable radiation exposure. Not so much from xrays but from ct scans. Especially for those with small children, be judicious with head ct scans. If they bump their heads, observation for 6 hours is just as effective.
Depends: There is standard beam radiation that patients get to a specific field, which is fine for anyone to be around after a treatment. There is also radiation rods that can be implanted (prostate) and if so I would avoid having a kid sit in the patients lap during the treatment period.
Not really: Microwaves are pretty safe. Over the life of one microwave, it may give off 5 miliwatts of microwave radiation per square centimeter within 2 inches of the microwave, which is very well below what the FDA deems unsafe. If you stand 20 inches away from the microwave in use, the radiation is only one-hundredth of the value given off at 2 inches. It is unlikely you will have detrimental effects.See 1 more doctor answer
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