Mold Toxicity Symptoms in Children

Is Your Child Always Getting Sick? 4 Mold Toxicity Symptoms To Watch Out For

Symptoms of Mold Toxicity in Children

The severity and length of exposure time determine symptoms in individuals. Each child will react differently to a mold allergy.

The longer the mold is present, the worse the symptoms become. The longer the exposure, the longer mold has had to grow and breed. It is best to take immediate action on mold as the first step to protect your child from adverse effects.

Respiratory And Allergy Symptoms

Mold commonly causes respiratory illnesses in both adults and children. Black mold exposure can have severe consequences for young children, particularly newborns, as it increases their risk of developing hemorrhagic pneumonia. Tragically, this can lead to death.

Many studies have found respiratory distress correlated to mold exposure in kids. When a child inhales the mold spores, it irritates the lining of the lungs and causes a reaction. The reactions typically mimic those seen in seasonal allergies.

At first, your child may mimic symptoms of allergies or the flu. These respiratory symptoms include:

  • Shortness Of Breath
  • Nasal & Sinus Congestion
  • Coughing, Sneezing, or Wheezing
  • Itchy/ Runny Nose
  • Sore Throat

A child with a respiratory illness, such as Asthma, will set the playing field for exposure to toxic mold to exacerbate the pre-existing respiratory condition. Flare-ups of these conditions are also common when exposed to mycotoxins and poisonous mold.

Suppose your child develops these symptoms but doesn’t get better quickly. In that case, it may be a sign that it’s caused by mold exposure, and you need to seek out the expert of a mold toxicity physician to run diagnostic testing and evaluate the levels of toxins in the child's body.

Neurological Symptoms

Stachybotrys Chartarum exposure to children can cause some significant neurological effects. Mycotoxins release from the Stachybotrys mold and travel on the spores to be inhaled by the child without anyone being aware of mold hiding behind a wall, in the carpet, or air conditioning system of the home.

Mycotoxins are made of fatty acids and find themselves in the body, being lipophilic and embedding into the fatty tissues of the body, particularly the brain, which is comprised mainly of adipose tissue.

Once in the brain, these toxins can cause kill or damage neurons, impairing brain function and thus developing neurological symptoms and conditions.

Neurological symptoms are the most severe health effects of black mold exposure and can cause the following mold toxicity symptoms in children:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Mood Swings
  • Sensory Sensitivity
  • Disorientation
  • Mental Health Disorders
  • Shortened Attention Span
  • Memory loss / Memory problems
  • Numbness
  • Lack of Focus
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Shaking / Trembling / Tremors
  • Slow Reflexes
  • Hallucinations
  • Cognitive Dysfunction
  • Confusion / Disorientation

Eye and Skin Irritations

Skin irritations can be one of the first tell-tale signs that mold exposure is occurring. Mold spores irritate the skin quickly, sometimes as simply as eczema flare-ups.

Mold exposure can cause irritated skin, especially in young children. Children may present with rashes or suffer from constant itching. Unfortunately, the eyes can also be affected.

A child suffering from eye irritation caused by mold exposure may experience the following:

  • Eczema or flare-ups of existing eczema
  • Flare-ups of existing skin conditions
  • Dry, scaly skin
  • Itchy skin
  • Redness and Swelling (Dermatitis)
  • Itchy/Watery Eyes
  • Blurry Vision
  • Red/bloodshot Eyes
  • Eye Soreness
  • Inflammation of Eyes
  • Swollen Eyelids

Other Mold Allergy Symptoms

The side effects mentioned above are serious, but unfortunately, they’re not the only ones you should look out for.

Over time, mold exposure can also cause children to experience the following:

  • Weakened Immune System
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair Loss
  • Chronic Ear Infections
  • Chronic weakness or Ongoing Fatigue
  • Reoccurring Colds and Flu-Like Symptoms
  • Aches such as muscle pain, joint pain, abdominal pain, or chest pain
  • Gastrointestinal issues, such as diarrhea and vomiting
Scroll to Top
Skip to content