Mold in the Home & Schools
A Resource for Families & School Personnel
Families and school personnel are encouraged to read the guidance below to help prevent or reduce exposure to mold. This information can also be used to guide discussions with pediatricians or with your regional Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) staff.
Summary of Key Points posted on Dec 5, 2022
How and where does mold grow? posted on Aug 26, 2021
Are damp indoor spaces a concern for health? posted on Aug 26, 2021
How are children exposed to mold? posted on Aug 26, 2021
What are health problems related to mold exposure? posted on Aug 26, 2021
Should I see a doctor if my child has been exposed to mold? posted on Aug 26, 2021
How can you reduce dampness and mold in your home or school? posted on Aug 26, 2021
Should I have my home/school tested for mold? posted on Aug 26, 2021
Learn more about mold posted on Aug 26, 2021
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Additional Resources for Families
- Flooding Aftermath
Information on avoiding mold after a flood.
Resources on mold and how to clean it up.
- Interactive Mold House Tour
Room-by-room guide to how to protect your house from mold
- Mold in Schools
PDF on combating mold in schools.
- Hay Fever Triggers: Tips for Parents
Information on sources of outdoor molds
Author: Larry K. Lowry, Region 6 PEHSU
The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs) are supported by cooperative agreement FAIN: NU61TS000296 with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also provides support through Inter-Agency Agreement DW-75-95877701 with CDC/ATSDR. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports the PEHSUs as the National Program Office. The content on this website has not been formally disseminated by CDC/ATSDR or the 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.
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.
Last updated: 02/15/2023