Toddlers will put just about anything in their mouths, even moldy food. In the event this occurs, most likely the effects will be nonexistent or minimal. However, to be on the safe side observe the toddler for any signs of respiratory or digestive distress in the hours after exposure to mold.
Mold, a type of fungi, grows on food items. In many cases, the mold invades a large area around the actual visible mold. Mold usually appears as a dark colored, fuzzy spot on the food item.
Mold can cause respiratory problems when breathed in or an allergic reaction when consumed by toddlers. This reaction may mimic a stomach virus, causing fever, stomach pain and cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.
Toddlers who eat mold may experience no after effects, mild effects or severe effects. Consult a physician if symptoms are severe or persistent.
Store perishable foods in the refrigerator with air-tight lids. Only allow toddlers to eat bread and cheese before their expiration dates.
Soft food items such as bread and cheeses should be thrown out if any visible mold is on the surface. Some people may think that cutting off the moldy portion will suffice, but the mold may have already invaded the rest of the food item.