How can I protect my child from developing multiple chemical sensitivity?

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Lawrence T. Chiaramonte, MD
Allergy & Immunology

Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) may activate your children's plain old allergies in the event you renovate your home, or if your child's school is going to be renovated.

I therefore advise that:

  • Children be isolated from renovation activity, especially during the demolition phase of construction.
  • When the old materials are stripped out, the exposed areas be inspected for water damage, and that all areas be thoroughly swept for vermin residue, dust, and so forth.
  • Your architect incorporate the requisite specifications for healthy air exchange.
  • Any central heating and cooling system be easy to maintain and clean, to discourage buildup of viruses and toxic bacteria.
  • If your child's school is planning an overhaul, consult with school officials to ensure that the children's health is provided for.
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