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Can children outgrow a mold allergy?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Depending on the type of allergy, some children may suffer from allergies during childhood and outgrow them as they get older. However, this is usually not the case with mold allergy. Most of the time, if children develop mold allergies when they're young, they will have those mold allergies as an adult, too. Though it's not common to outgrow a mold allergy, it may be possible depending on the individual's immune system. Either way, it's important to monitor your child's symptoms on a daily basis.

If your child has a mold allergy, the best way to prevent symptoms is by keeping them away from mold. Prevent excessive mold growth in your home by keeping damp areas like kitchens, bathrooms and basements clean, dry and well-ventilated. Humidifiers can harbor mold; if you must use one, be sure to keep it clean and change the water frequently. Household humidity should be below 60 percent. Certain toys, especially bath toys and stuffed animals, can become moldy, so make sure you wash them often and throw them away if they become moldy. Also, make sure your child keeps bedroom windows closed to prevent mold from getting in, especially at night.

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