The problem with water damage
Water damage can cause health issues on children. (Photo Credits)
Water damage can be detrimental to a child’s health because of the issues it can bring about. Possible issues include flood-borne diseases, mold allergies, as well as gastro-intestinal illnesses. It is important that flood damage be professionally addressed to ensure that issues will not arise, especially when homeowners come back to re-occupy their homes. Check over here
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention published studies on the potential harm that water damage can bring.
“Other recent studies have suggested a potential link of early mold exposure to development of asthma in some children, particularly among children who may be genetically susceptible to asthma development, and that selected interventions that improve housing conditions can reduce morbidity from asthma and respiratory allergies, but more research is needed in this regard. A link between other adverse health effects, such as acute idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage among infants, memory loss, or lethargy, and molds, including the mold Stachybotrys chartarum (Stachybotrys atra), has not been proven. Further studies are needed to find out what causes acute idiopathic hemorrhage and other adverse health effects.”
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The problem with Black Molds
LiveStrong meanwhile published an article on Black Molds and how it can possibly affect children.
“Black mold is a toxic fungus that grows in buildings and homes that have water problems, such as damage from flooding or an unknown leak. Black mold produces spores to reproduce, and these spores can cause health problems in people ranging from hay fever-like respiratory problems to skin rashes. The symptoms of black mold exposure are largely the same in children as in adults, although children can be at risk for more severe complications.”
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Even teenagers are at risk
The United States Environmental Protection Agency also reminded parents that even teenagers are at risk of contracting health problems brought about by flood and water damage.
“Teens are still growing and developing, especially their reproductive, nervous and immune systems. Teens are less likely to understand dangers and may underestimate the dangers of certain situations, or they may be reluctant to voice their concerns about potential dangers. Whenever possible, teens should not participate in post-flood clean-up that would expose them to contaminated water, mold and hazardous chemicals. Older teens may help adults with minor clean-ups if they wear protective gear including goggles, heavy work gloves, long pants, shirts, socks, boots and a properly fitting N-95 respirator.”
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Water damage should never be shrugged off. It should always be addressed by professionals because it can have health repercussions especially on young children.