How Mold Affects Children 

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Is Your Child Experiencing Any of These Symptoms?

When your children are sick it is hard not to freak out especially when you think mold is involved. The Internet these days can scare you into thinking that even the common cold is going to kill you while at the same time provide you with some great ideas on how to analyze, cure, and or help educate you about your current problem.  Moldy and moist environments are not healthy for children and if you notice any of the symptoms below, you should consult an indoor-air-quality professional on how to remedy the problem.

Studies have found that for children ages 0-­6 years old, exposure to elevated levels of moisture and mold increases the risk of hoarseness in the voice, wheezing, nocturnal coughing, eczema, and more frequent infection with the common cold.  Exposure to mold and moisture greatly increases the risk of respiratory infections and respiratory symptoms as well as non­respiratory symptoms in children from 0­-16 years of age.

Studies have also found that children age 7­-16 years of age that have elevated mold and moisture exposure experience coughing with phlegm, sore throats, irritation and inflammation of the mucous membrane inside the nasal passage. In these school-age children, it was also noted that they have higher levels of nausea and also have a more difficult time concentrating.

Both preschool and school-age children affected by high levels of mold and moisture have significantly higher number of doctor visits than non­exposed children.

Reference International Journal of Environmental Health Research, Volume 9, Issue 2, 1999

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