Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Protecting Infants from the Dangers of Mold

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Protecting Infants from the Dangers of Mold

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Here are some strategies for protecting young family members from mold in the home.

1. Buy an air purifier, and test the air quality.

Clean air and a baby's immune system are inextricably linked. It is important that a baby breathe clean air so that its developing lungs and immune system have time to rest and rejuvenate. At the very least, the room where the baby sleeps should have a high-quality air purifier. An effective air-purifying system can help maintain the home environment and keep it free from contaminants that can enter through windows or doors.

There is some concern that if a baby's room is too clean, the child will not develop the natural immunities required for good general health. However, that argument does not pertain to airborne particles. Breathing in dust, pollens, mold spores, and pet allergens are bad for adults with healthy systems, but for babies, whose lungs are still growing, breathing in poor-quality air can lead to a weakened system and may affect the child's health later in life.

Air testing is the best way of measuring the indoor air quality. A certified specialist can take samples and provide an efficient way to eliminate or clean any dangerous particles. When you consult with an air-testing specialist, look for an endorsement from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification.

If you want to purify the air through your heating or air conditioning system, it might be helpful to purchase a UVC Silent Light. This system is made for air ducts and is designed to sterilize and reduce the quantity of microorganisms as they pass through the system, creating better overall indoor air quality.

2. Test for visible and invisible mold, mildew, and fungi.

Mold has become one of the leading problems in most dwellings across the country; too often, it is discovered only after health problems begin to show up. Most molds grow on wood, fiber, or paper that has remained wet for more than a few days. Tiny mold spores float through the air and land on inviting damp spots. As the mold matures, it may produce spores of its own, which are easily blown up into ventilation systems and are distributed throughout the home.

The only way to get rid of mold permanently is to get rid of the moisture. Fix leaks and seepage, even if it involves landscaping around basements. Put plastic over dirt in crawl spaces, and keep them well ventilated. Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms. Turn off humidifiers if you see condensation on the windows. …

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