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The Effects of Mold in Babies

Mold in your home can be dangerous and can often cause illness. Most of the time, healthy individuals will recover, but it some cases, the effects of mold can cause long-term complications, especial when toxigenic mold is the cause. Those people who have a greater risk of becoming sick due to mold are the elderly and babies because of their weakened immune systems, so it’s important to stay vigilant when it comes to preventing mold.

Background
Mold spreads through mold spores, and those spores like to attach themselves onto things that are moist, and where they can multiply. These objects can be anything from wood to carpet to paper. Although mold spores are most commonly carried by air, they can also at attach themselves to things such as shoes, clothing, and bags. Once spores reach the indoors, they find moisture to attach themselves to so that they can grow.

Common Effects
Young children and infants are especially prone to the effects of mold, and can suffer from serious damage to the central nervous system and lungs. The American Academy of Pediatrics, or AAP, warns that even common types of mold, such as Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus and Alternaria, can cause ample health problems for infants. Some of these health problems include, headaches, allergies, skin rashes, eye irritation, dizziness, fatigue, and respiratory problems. The AAP also warns about more serious forms of mold, like Fusarium, Trichoderma and Stachybotrys, can cause more extreme problems such as acute vomiting, diarrhea, and asthma attacks.

Long-Term Effects
Molds that release mycotoxins into the air will have long-term effects on the central nervous system and lungs. Long-term exposure to toxic types of mold can have more devastating effects on children, such as chronic effects to memory and other chronic functions. While some types of mold can be taken care of upon discovering them, molds that produce more toxins have also been found to cause pulmonary hemorrhaging or hemosiderosis in infants, according to the AAP.

Here at Bona Fide Home Inspections, we want to do everything in our power to keep you and your entire family safe from harmful mold spores. If you’re in need of a home inspection, give us a call at 401-644-3930 for our Rhode Island location, and 617-360-1590 for our Massachusetts location.

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