Children and parents alike are spending more time than usual indoors these days. It has never been a better time to discuss air quality. As holistic pediatricians, we are well aware mold exposure is having a greater impact on families. If you have kids at home, or you’re simply looking to improve the quality of air inside your home or workspace, here’s what you need to know.
What are Mold Exposure Symptoms?
Although this is by no means a comprehensive list of symptoms, these are the ones most commonly reported:
- Chronic runny nose
- Itchy, watery and red eyes
- Frequent rashes and skin discoloration
- Difficulty breathing
- Audible wheezing
- Difficulty swallowing and sore throat
- Painful and dry coughing bouts
- Asthma attacks triggering randomly
Eliminating Damp Areas
Do you have leaky faucets or a basement that has gone untouched, and potentially uncleaned, for years? Everyone has areas in their home that are more prone to mold growth. Here are some of the places you should check for mold:
- Bathroom areas (shower and tub areas, especially)
- Walls and baseboards
- Kitchen sink area (around faucet and under sink)
- Under and behind the refrigerator
- Under and behind stove
- Basements (around water pipes and outside access, especially)
Let Us Help You
Once these symptoms are identified, we recommend working with an air quality specialist to positively assess the mold situation in your home. If it is revealed you have a mold problem, you may be able to clean it yourself or you may need a remediation specialist.
Part of our holistic approach as pediatricians is taking into account air quality in the home. If you feel that your child has been exposed to mold or other harmful materials, reach out to us today. We can help alleviate symptoms and help get your child regain his or her health.