Your Child May Not Have Common Outdoor Allergies!
Allergy-like symptoms in children is the best indicator that mold is growing somewhere in your home and that your kids are being exposed to it. The following essay deals with mistaking mold infestation and mold allergy in children
for common outdoor allergies.
Mold in a an un finished room.
We are all concerned about our individual health and do everything we can to stay healthy. Young children on the other hand are unable to make decisions for themselves and need our care to make sure we don’t inadvertently do anything that may hurt them. Caring for our children starts with caring for their health and nothing could be more important than providing a home free of mold, toxic chemicals, and foul air. But even with our best efforts, children can and do get sick, and it’s important to seek medical treatment immediately. Once a medical doctor has examined them, it’s critical that we examine their everyday environment to make sure that nothing within the house is making them ill. especially air borne mold.
Before it was discovered that mold was often the cause of allergy-like symptoms in children, it was often taken for granted that respiratory distress, difficulty breathing, itchy eyes and nose were all symptoms not of mold allergies but of hay fever, seasonal allergies, pollen, or other common outdoor related allergies. Our parents would run us straight to the doctors office and nine times out of ten he would tell us that we were allergic to something.
Personally, I got the “allergic to cut grass” (mis) diagnosis after a battery of painful tests and shots. If they had only looked to the basement of the home where I lived they would have found incredible amounts of mold growing everywhere! In my semi-finished basement, mold was growing on the floors, walls and ceiling. It was literally everywhere. My father told us to just live with it and that it was no big deal. All you had to do was look, but no one new back in the 1960’s knew that mold allergy could cause so many severe respiratory problems. Needless to say the allergy shots that I had to get had absolutely no effect and I suffered for most of my early years through being a teenager with constantly itchy eyes, so itchy that I would rub them bright red every day, and I would sneeze sometimes one hundred times per day. I sneezed so much it was comical. Of course, the washer and dryer was downstairs as well, and my freshly washed clothes would hang to dry and absorb mold that would irritate my skin, eyes and throat all day long.
Mold in an unfinished room.
So my advice to parents today, not just in Florida where mold growth is rampant but everywhere, is to suspect mold first. If your young son or daughter is complaining of itchy eyes or skin or maybe sneezing a lot and it appears to be related to time spent indoors, I can almost guarantee you they are not having an allergic reaction to something outside. They may have mold allergy instead. There is likely mold growing somewhere in your home where they are playing that you don’t know about. I could have been saved years of suffering and thousands and thousands of dollars in medical bills if we had only known that mold spores in the air of our home was responsible for my allergy-like symptoms.
If you have small children and have not had your home recently tested for mold, you need to call us today. We are independent and objective mold inspectors and our only objective is to find out if mold is growing in your home and if it could be causing your health problems. We do not do removal or treatments so we do not have a vested interest in the outcome.
And by the way, my “allergies” went away when I went off to college and have never returned. The doctor said that I “out grew” my allergies as so many people do. I guess moving out of the house with the moldy basement had nothing to do with it.