Mold presents a danger to everyone in your household, but it is especially dangerous for children, whose lungs are not fully developed. Most children exposed to mold will have allergic reactions that will clear up once the spores are removed. It is important to understand why the presence of mold represents a unique danger to babies, toddlers, and young children to a greater degree compared to adults.
What is Mold?
Mold is a fungus that comes in many different varieties. It thrives in warm, humid environments that allows the fungus to create spores which spread throughout the home. Because it often starts in hidden places, such as behind the water heater or within the walls or attic of your home, you may not detect its presence until it starts to affect the health of you and your children.
How Mold Affects Children
It is estimated that one-third of all children have mold allergies. The spores that are generated by the mold fill the air and may cause children to have itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, and even wheezing. Although most children who have allergies inherited the trait from their parents, new studies are showing that babies exposed to spores may develop allergies later in life.
Left unchecked, the presence of mold may in some cases cause asthma to develop. The relationship of allergies to asthma is still being studied, but there is growing concern over the relationship between mold and asthma. For children with allergies, it is important that their home be free of mold and pollen.
How Mold Can Be Controlled
Although no home is 100% free of mold spores, their number can be significantly minimized by keeping the interior dry. The less moisture in the air, the less able mold is to form and spread. This means a combination of proper ventilation and the use of air conditioners and exhaust fans to prevent mold from forming in your home.
If your home has experienced some type of flooding, you will need to have it thoroughly treated to prevent the formation of mold. From small leaks from the roof to large flooding events, drying out your home is paramount to stopping mold from forming.
At Brickley Environmental, we offer mode remediation services that will address mold concerns in your home. If you suspect the presence of mold, we can inspect your property to verify its presence and offer removal services that will restore your home to its former condition. Let us help protect the health and wellbeing of you and your family with our effective, affordable mold remediation services. Call today and find out how we can help protect you and your children from the dangers of mold.