Mold is present all around us; most are non-toxic, but some of them can produce toxins, which are hazardous when ingested, or may cause allergic reactions. This is especially important when you have a little one in the house, as their immune system is still developing, and they may not have a strong resistance against these toxins, making them more susceptible to mold-related illnesses, according to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency.

How Does Mold Come About?

Molds reproduce and spread via airborne spores, which attach to places that have the right environment for it to propagate. Mold needs 3 elements to grow and sustain itself: Moisture, Warmth, and a Food Source. This means basic furniture in the house, such as wood, carpets, cushions, bedding and food are potential mold breeding grounds. Really icky, isn’t it?

Babies can be exposed to mold from the environment, but an important source is their feeding gear, since mold within may get ingested during mealtime. This could cause a range of health problems, asthma, and allergies.

If your baby has been exposed to and is allergic to mold, they may express symptoms such as:

  • A stuffy or runny nose
  • Constant sneezing
  • Persistent coughing or wheezing
  • Throat soreness
  • Redness in the eyes
  • Skin rashes

These symptoms tend to be similar to the common flu, but are harder to treat with a course of antibiotics. Toxic effects from molds can cause more severe reactions in infants, such as acute vomiting, asthma attacks, and diarrhea, according to the American Association of Pediatrics. Visit a doctor immediately if your child exhibits these symptoms.

Is there Mold Lurking In Your Baby's Bottles, Pacifiers or Sippy Cups?

Feeding equipment are very ideal for the formation of mold, due to the right conditions of moisture, warmth and food present. It’s very important to process the feeding equipment for your baby after mealtime, especially if he’s under 1 year old. Disassemble all the components of the feeding gear, then wash and sterilize them completely. Thereafter, let the parts air dry completely to remove traces of water.

Parts which tend to accumulate mold are the bottle nipples and rubber seams, since they can trap water, are well-covered, and contain narrow spaces. Wash the parts in hot water with a dash of soap, scrubbing the parts with a soft sponge to eliminate traces of food. Focus on the grooves of the rubber seals, areas inside the mouthpiece, and the bottle nipple itself. The bottle interior tends to be easier to keep clean, due to the flat and transparent surfaces.

Sterilize all parts in your sterilizer of choice, and leave the individual parts to dry completely. This is essential, since once assembled, the moisture stuck in the feeding equipment grooves will take a much longer time to dry out. Assemble only after drying is complete. Consider having more than one set of feeding accessories on standby, so that each set will have time to dry out before subsequent use.

(Sterilizer Info Guide)

What else can I do to prevent mold formation around the house?

The most important way to prevent mold formation, is to control moisture. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends indoor humidity to be between 40 to 60 percent. However, due to Singapore’s hot and humid climate, which averages 80% all year round, this may be a challenge.

Limit the number of indoor plants, hang the laundry to dry outside of the house, and keep open water sources such as fish tanks to a minimum; consider using a dehumidifier in the nursery if necessary. Wash away mold that grows on walls, cupboards, and in the bathroom, and keep the kitchen windows open during cooking to ensure good air ventilation. Air conditioning can help to stop mold formation, as it reduces humidity levels in the cooled room. However, take care to service the air conditioning regularly, as mold as form in the system.

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