Mold Allergies and Untreated Water Damage
Children are vulnerable to mold allergy symptoms. (Photo Credits)
When water damage is unresolved, molds can grow and eventually affect individuals who are sensitive to mold exposure.
Children are among those who are very vulnerable to mold exposure and the allergy symptoms it comes with.
The website Parents.com shared some facts about children and mold exposure.
“Up to one-third of children are allergic to mold (only pollen allergy is more common). Inhaling spores — the invisible airborne seeds of mold — can cause sneezing, a runny nose, itchy eyes, wheezing, and coughing. If one parent has allergies, a child has a 30 to 40 percent chance of inheriting the tendency to develop them; if both parents are allergic, the odds are more than 50 percent. Unfortunately, doctors are finding that mold allergy is more than just hereditary. A study at the University of Cincinnati revealed that babies exposed to high levels of certain types of household molds have an increased chance of developing multiple allergies later in life. Other research has found that children who live in a home with visible mold and a history of water damage have as much as double the rate of asthma — even if their parents don’t suffer from the disease. Asthma and mold are a particularly risky combination. Most kids with asthma are allergic to mold, and they tend to react more severely to molds than they do to other triggers.”
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Mold Exposure in Schools
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention meantime advised parents about what they can do when their children gets exposed to molds in their school.
“If you believe your children are ill because of exposure to mold in their school, first consult their health care provider to determine the appropriate medical action to take. Contact the school’s administration to express your concern and to ask that they remove the mold and prevent future mold growth. If needed, you could also contact the local school board.”
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The website Healthline also does not rule out mold exposure in school and outdoors. Read more here
“If your children are the only ones in the family with histamine-related allergy symptoms, it may not be related to mold in your home. Some school buildings have unchecked mold, which can result in increased attacks while at school. But it could also be that your child has a sensitivity to mold, whereas no one else in the family does. Since some children spend time playing outside in areas where parents might not venture, the source of mold exposure for children may be in the outdoor air. Children with asthma may experience more attacks while playing outside for this reason. You may note more symptoms in the summertime months when your children are playing outside more often.”
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Professional mold restoration services is needed when mold is suspected in the home or in school.