Indoor Air Quality: Why it Matters for Your Children – Advanced Mold Diagnostics
Childhood asthma is a problem that is becoming more and more common in the United States. It is estimated that this illness affects over 9% of children in our country which makes it the leading cause of chronic illness in kids. These numbers only seem to be getting bigger each year as well. And even more shockingly, less than 50% of these children control their symptoms. Keeping your child away from all of the potential factors that may cause him or her to have an asthma attack can be impossible, but ensuring that your home is free of some of the things that may cause suffering is easier than you think.
Childhood asthma is essentially the same condition that adults face, but because children are smaller and less hearty, the things that can cause asthma reactions are much vaster. Signs and symptoms that your child might be suffering from this chronic illness are: frequent coughing spells or a cough that he or she just can’t seem to shake, less energy during play, shortness or loss of breath, and wheezing. Most asthmatic children will display their first symptom before the age of five.
Within our homes, there are many factors that may affect the quality of life of an asthmatic child. One of those is mold. Mold is a common in-home issue seeing as it grows and feeds on the materials that we use to build our homes, clothe ourselves, and even eat. Especially for those of us who live in hot, humid climates or in areas where basements are popular home additions, mold can be a very serious problem. While most of us will not notice if there is mold affecting us in our homes past an odor or visually, children with asthma will have serious trouble breathing and will be at greater risk for an asthma related attack.
Another is the use of chemicals in the majority of cleaning and building materials in our homes. Carpets and the materials that we use to clean the surfaces in and around our homes often contain very strong chemicals that can really take a toll on the lung function of children, especially those with asthma.
Scented candles and air fresheners can also take a toll on the indoor air quality of your home. While we all want our homes to smell good, the chemicals that are released into the air that give us that fresh scent can be dangerous for you. If you are living with someone who is an asthmatic, this can really affect the way that he or she breathes.So what do you do to keep your child safe? The indoor air quality of our homes can be simply managed in a few ways. First, stop using chemicals that irritate the lungs. Instead of using chemicals to freshen your home, try other methods. Pay attention to the labels on the products that you buy to ensure that by cleaning you aren’t doing more harm than good. And finally, call a professional if you suspect mold. A mold inspector will be able to tell you that not only is there mold present, but also where it is coming from and will recommend a course of action for removal.