Could Your Home Be Making Your Kids Sick?

When we think of things that are making us sick, the first things that come into mind are door handles, toilet seats, and subway railings when we’re out in public. We make sure to wash our hands and use hand sanitizers at every opportunity when there is a risk of germs.

But when you return to your home, you think you’re safe, right?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 48 million Americans a year get sick from food-borne illnesses — strains of E.coli, salmonella, and listeria — sometimes, in their own homes.

But it’s not just the leftover spills on the kitchen counter that can cause germs to spread. Turns out that there are plenty more little things to worry about when it comes to our overall health, many of which can live and thrive in our own homes.

People know they don’t want mold in their home, but they don’t realize the serious dangers of black mold health problems that can occur. Mold can build up quickly on wood, drywall, and wallpaper and you may not even know it.

Do you have black mold in your house? How would you know?

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Veronica Vera Jackson suspected it after her young son Anthony was having respiratory problems.

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Maria Lianos Carbone

Maria Lianos-Carbone is owner of, a leading lifestyle blog for women. Her first book, "Oh Baby! A Mom's Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year" will be published Spring 2018. Follow Maria on Instagram @amotherworld.

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