Flooding Aftermath & Children's Health
A Resource for Families
Hurricanes, flooding, and other extreme weather events are becoming more common and more severe due to climate change. In the aftermath of these disasters, there are special considerations when caring for infants, children, and adolescents. Families are encouraged to read the guidance below to help prevent or reduce exposure to contaminants caused by flooding and/or to guide discussions with their pediatrician or regional Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) staff.
Key Points posted on Aug 23, 2021
How should I cleanup after a flood? posted on Aug 23, 2021
How should mold be cleaned? posted on Aug 23, 2021
Can I use a portable generator? posted on Aug 23, 2021
What if the drinking water is contaminated? posted on Aug 23, 2021
What if items in the household are contaminated? posted on Aug 23, 2021
Other Flood Topics posted on Aug 23, 2021
PEHSU Region 6 Flooding Videos (Part 1 & 2)
Additional Resources for Families
- Homeowner’s and Renter’s Guide to Mold Cleanup After Disasters
Step-by-step guide to getting rid of mold after a flood.
- Mold Cleanup and Remediation
List of mold cleanup resources.
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After a Disaster
Information and guidance on carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Mold Resources for Schools and Buildings
Resources for combating mold in large buildings.
- Flood Cleanup and the Air in Your Home Booklet (also available in Spanish and Vietnamese)
Information of cleaning up after a flood.
- Carbon Monoxide’s Impact on Indoor Air Quality (also available in Spanish)
Information on effects of carbon monoxide on air quality.
- Flash Flood Recovery Information for Families
What to do during and after a flood.
- Choosing an Insect Repellent for Your Child
Guidance on choosing and applying a safe insect repellent.
- Cleaners, Sanitizers, and Disinfectants
Information on safely cleaning using disinfectants and sanitizers.
- Hubal, E. A. C., de Wet, T., Du Toit, L., Firestone, M. P., Ruchirawat, M., van Engelen, J., & Vickers, C. (2014). Identifying important life stages for monitoring and assessing risks from exposures to environmental contaminants: results of a World Health Organization review. Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, 69(1), 113-124.
- Zirschky, J. (1996). Take-home toxin pathway. Journal of Environmental Engineering, 122(5), 430-436.
- Sattler, B., & Davis, A. D. B. (2008). Nurses' role in children's environmental health protection. Pediatric nursing, 34(4), 329.
The information contained on this website should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your/your child’s primary care provider. There may be variations in treatment that your provider may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
This webpage was supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and funded (in part) by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSUs by providing partial funding to CDC/ATSDR through an Inter-Agency Agreement. The findings and conclusions presented have not been formally disseminated by CDC/ATSDR or EPA and should not be construed to represent any agency determination or policy. Use of trade names that may be mentioned is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the CDC/ATSDR or EPA.
Last updated August 23, 2021