How Mold Impacts Autism and Children’s Health

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How Mold Impacts Autism and Children’s Health

About 1 in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Subtracting mold toxicity from an already complex illness equation like ASD holds potential to improve function and quality of life for people with autism and their families. In 2009, Dr. Jack Thrasher conducted a study where the observations suggest that boys on the spectrum with toxic mold exposure may average nearly twice the neuropsychiatric abnormalities as ASD boys without exposure to mold toxins.

Mold spores can spread to every corner of your house because of cross-contamination. Healthy people can experience many annoying or even dangerous symptoms due to the presence of mold. People with compromised immune systems, children and the elderly are especially impacted. Some of the other more common health conditions mold causes are:
  • skin rashes
  • loss of memory, hearing, eyesight
  • fatigue
  • chronic headaches
  • depression
  • "crawly" feeling skin
  • unexplained irritability
  • epileptic-like seizures
  • flu-like symptoms
  • upper respiratory distress
  • trouble breathing
  • irritation of the eyes, nose or throat
  • coughing
  • restlessness
  • sinus congestionequilibrium or balance loss
  • nausea
  • dizziness or stuffiness
  • sneezing
  • arthritic-like aches
  • runny/bloody nose

Mold removal should never be attempted by a homeowner or handyman if the area is over 10 square feet. It is a job best performed by a certified mold professional. At Comprehensive Mold Management, we correct what caused the mold growth and then remove the mold properly. Once completed, we thoroughly HEPA-vacuum away the residual material, leaving the area clean and safe. All work is done in a confined, negative air pressure environment that prevents cross-contamination concerns. 

Your children and family are your top priority and maintaining their health is imperative. If you are concerned you may have mold in your home and it could be impacting you and your loved ones, please contact a mold professional. Please visit our Resources and Information page on our website at for more information. 

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