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Scientific Study Shows that Young Children’s IQ is Impacted by Mold Exposure

Don't Let Mold Exposure Impact Your Child's Future

Don’t Let Mold Exposure Impact Your Child’s Future

Sometimes we think of black mold as a nuisance and that there isn’t a danger other than some respiratory distress when the spores are inhaled. But a new study from the Bio-ethical Committee of Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland, has released some alarming information regarding the effects that toxic black mold has on kids.

The Findings

After a 6-year follow up of children who were exposed to toxic mold, here are the findings from the college. “The group of children who completed the 6-year follow-up consisted of 277 babies born at term. Out of the whole sample, 52 children (18.8 %) lived for shorter periods (<=2 years) and 15 (5.4%) for longer periods than 2 years in mold-contaminated homes. Children who were exposed for longer periods to indoor molds had significant cognitive deficits of about 10 points. The results showed that longer exposure to indoor molds tripled the risk of low IQ scoring (OR= 3.53; 95%CI: 1.11 – 11.27) compared with the group with no exposure.”

Don’t Take Chances

Toxic mold has now been proven to be detrimental to younger children by lower cognitive skills and lower IQ scores. Protect yourself and your loved ones and get rid of any toxic black mold by mold remediation that will rid your house, home, or apartment of mold infestation.

The professionals at Stern Mold are experts at mold remediation to protect your family from black mold complications. We’re part of the Stern Environmental Group and we will answer all of your questions or schedule a free mold inspection at your residence. Serving the New Jersey, New York City, and Long Island areas since 1995.

What Color is Mold? Is It Always Black?

Black Mold Isn't the Only Kind of Mold You Should Look for

Black Mold Isn’t the Only Kind of Mold You Should Look for

The mold family includes thousands of types and colors, but if you are only familiar with black, it’s probably because of the media attention given to it and mold remediation. Read on for the most common types of mold encountered in your home or place of business.


Green is generally thought to be a variety of fungus, though there are thousands of species of green mold in the world.

Brown/Gray/Olive Green

Molds in this color family are common Cladosporium. You will find it on plant leaves outside and inside a house or building. It can grow on walls and carpet that is damp.


Belonging to the Penicillium genus, these molds were once used to create the antibiotic penicillin. It grows on food and walls and is one of the most common molds that bother people with allergies.


The Aspergillus molds family includes yellow, black and green molds are commonly inhaled every day. People with compromised immune systems and weak lungs can develop aspergillosis, a condition that includes coughing and sinus issues, as well as more serious health problems.


The black or gray mold Alternaria, primarily an outdoor mold, has been found in a high percentage of indoor dust samples and has been linked asthma.


If you find mold of a pinkish color in your home, it’s most likely a bacteria form, not a mold in the true sense. It can develop on soap or shampoo containers or on shower walls.

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Inhalation of Mold and Dust – a Health Hazard

Inhaled Mold Spores Can Be Detrimental to Health

Inhaled Mold Spores Can Be Detrimental to Health

Big things come in small packages, and that applies to health risks as well. Dust and mold spores may not be visible to the naked eye, but they can have a serious impact on your physical well-being. Why do these microscopic particles create such a threat?

Mold Spores: Small but Mighty

Even the largest mold spores measure only 40 microns. In comparison, a human hair ranges from 100 to 150 microns. At that size, it’s easy for spores to slip past the natural filtering in your nasal passages, causing irritation to your upper respiratory system that triggers allergic reactions.

People who don’t generally suffer from allergies can still experience mild symptoms, such as wheezing and a runny nose, but the more sensitive an individual is, the more serious the effects. Reactions can range from chronic sinus infections to asthma attacks as well as lung infections in people with compromised immune systems.

Dangers of Dust in the Air

Dust is always present in the air, but treatments like traditional mold remediation can aggravate their presence. When building materials are removed, chemical vapors, silica particles and other irritants are released to combine with existing dust motes. Such disturbances also stir up mold spores that are dispersed into the air, where they can enter your system or find a new surface where they will continue to multiply.

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