Health Affects from Mold Exposure to Newborns, Babies and Young Children
Mold comes in thousands of varieties and is found all around us. Some people do not have any health reactions while others can have a wide range of symptoms from mild to severe and some will even develop long-term health issues.
Newborns, babies, and young children can be at a higher risk to the dangers of mold exposure found in the home. With their developing immune systems and immature respiratory systems, making it hard to rid the mold toxins from the body, as well as spending a lot of time in areas of the home that may contain unseen mold growth, these younger individuals can absorb mold into the skin, airways, and intestines. Showing regular signs of sneezing, coughing, and sinus issues may be indicative of chronic mold issues and if left untreated may develop into asthma, severe allergies, and respiratory diseases such as pneumonia and chronic lung disease. Rashes are also a common response to mold and should be thoroughly checked out by a qualifying physician and not overlooked as a potential response to mold exposure. These health concerns may even stay with the child through adulthood and become lifelong.
Additionally, gastrointestinal issues can develop from chronic exposure to mold spores found in the home causing such symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Loss of appetite and weight loss is also a result and a higher concerning factor when it comes to infants and growing babies. Being so young and non-verbal, it is hard to truly identify the problem which is why the education and the understanding of the hazards that mold growth in the home can cause and why it is so important.
If you believe that a mold outbreak is in your home and you have an infant or very young children, you should immediately vacate and move to a safer location as to not continue to subject them to the dangerous mold exposure. The longer a newborn or baby is exposed to the hazards of mold, the more the chance for potential long-term negative health effects.
Our comprehensive Mold Assessment involves a thorough examination of a property to determine if a moisture issue is occurring that could harbor mold growth or if mold is already present.
This includes the following areas of a home that are known to be common points of entry for moisture intrusion:
- Exterior Components
- HVAC System & Ductwork
- Plumbing System
- Attic & Crawl Spaces
- Beneath Cabinets & Appliances with water hookups
We will also collect air samples from inside the home to be tested for mold spores that could be contributing to poor indoor air quality. If potentially toxic molds are discovered, you will be given a protocol to follow for hiring a mold remediator. A full report of our findings will be delivered within 24 hours, including photographs and video of our findings, as necessary.
In addition to a Mold Assessment, we are also able to test for other airborne particulates that are known to negatively impact indoor air quality. We can conduct the following testing services:
- Volatile Organic Compound (VOCs) Testing
- Silica Testing
- Allergen Testing (for allergens other than mold)
The air samples that are collected will be tested at a laboratory for these specific contaminants. You will then be presented with a full analysis of the laboratory findings, typically within 24 hours. This makes us different from many others, whose test results take far longer to be delivered.
At Coastal Air Assessments, we work our way from the outside in, first identifying potential issues at the exterior of the home that could be causing poor air quality inside the home. Our Mold Assessments and Air Sampling Tests are timely, accurate, and a true asset for Florida homeowners. Contact us today for your free consultation.