Sunday, August 12, 2007

Moldy Humidifiers - A Possible Connection to SIDS

This is a terrifying prospect to even think of for any parent, but after having done some research lately, I've discovered a vital reason to ensure that your home doesn't have toxic black mold, or other types of mold infestations.

Do a search on Google or any other reputable search engine for more in-depth information, but here are some interesting points about mold and the connection to SIDS that parents will definitely want to know about:

  • A moldy air humidifier has, in some instances, been linked to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.) Although humidifiers are often recommended by pediatricians - especially in cold, dry winters - they can cause more mold to grow, since mold grows when it has moist conditions to thrive in AND when it has food. (The most common type of 'food' for mold is common household dust.) If you're currently using a humidifer for your baby, check with your pediatrician for recommendations on which brand or type is safest. Also - using these occasionally, instead of excessively, can do much to reduce the problem. Properly caring for and maintaining the appliance is also of utmost importance to the safety of your baby.

AS always, with any concerns about the health of your baby and/or children, talk to your family doctor or the children's pediatrician. And, check with the manufacturer of an indoor air humidifier on how to keep it working well, and maintained so as to protect your entire family from health problems related to mold.

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