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Babies Exposed to Mold May Develop Asthma

Posted on August 09, 2012
by Wendy Stackhouse

 

Every mother worries about what her baby is exposed to and the list of things to worry about grows all the time.

From dirt on a dropped pacifier to germs on an unsterilized bottle, everything is a threat and everything must be considered. Well, for the first child anyway!

But in the past few years we have learned about even more substances that we should avoid exposing our babies to, including: plastic that leaches chemicals into food and beverages contained or microwaved in it; pesticides on fruit; antibiotics in meat and secondhand smoke.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, every day 36,000 children miss school due to asthma. PediatricAsthma.com reports that “Asthma is the most common chronic condition among children under the age of 18, affecting 6.3 million.”

Mold is an asthma trigger and can definitely make asthma worse for those who suffer, but a recent study has shown that exposure to mold in infancy is linked to development of childhood asthma.

Scientists at the University of Cincinnati found that mold brings a greater risk to children’s respiratory health than dust mites and cat dander, although exposure to known allergens does make asthma more likely in people who have allergies. There is evidence that mold exposure at around 8 months of age is linked to asthma in later childhood.

It is important to prevent and control mold in your home whether you have a baby or not, but mold is definitely another factor mothers and fathers should pay attention to if they want to protect their children’s health–and their own.

If you have a problem with mold, neither you nor your children should have any more exposure than necessary. In California, contact AirTek for help eradicating mold in your home or other building before it becomes a health issue for your family. Our Environmental Services Division, Alliance Environmental Group, can get rid of any kind of mold with containment, removal and decontamination services.

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for AirTek and our environmental services division Alliance Environmental Group. We welcome your comments! For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on environmental services like mold remediation, lead removal and pest control including bed bugs, Like us at Alliance Environmental on Facebook or follow Alliance on Twitter!

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