Staying home and practicing social distancing is still the best way to keep your child protected from COVID-19.
Especially with younger kids who don’t understand why they can’t touch things or get close to people, it’s best just to keep them at home.
However, sometimes we have to leave home for necessary trips, like going to the doctor or picking up groceries. So, what do we do when we venture out into public?
Because COVID-19 is easily transmitted through respiratory droplets, it’s recommended that we wear face masks to protect others. But what about or children? Should they be wearing masks, too?
Should Children Wear Face Masks?
Well, it depends. If your child us under the age of 2 years, they should not wear face coverings.
When Should Children Wear Face Masks?
If your child is going to be somewhere that they may not be able to avoid staying at least 6 feet away from others, they should be wearing a face mask. This would include going to the doctor, the pharmacy, a grocery store, or any other public space where there might be other people.
Kids, of course, don’t need to wear face masks at home — assuming they have not been exposed to anyone with COVID-19.
It’s also unnecessary for your child to wear a face mask outdoors, provided they’re staying at least 6 feet away from others and avoid touching surfaces. For instance, it’s perfectly fine to go for a walk without a mask.
What If Your Child is Scared of Wearing It?
Face masks are a new thing for many kids, so its understandable that they may be scared or put-off by wearing them. Here are a few ideas:
- Decorate your child’s masks or choose special fabrics to make them more personalized and fun
- Show your child pictures of other kids wearing them
- Put a face mask on a favorite stuffed animal or doll
- Look in the mirror with masks on and talk about it
- Practice wearing face masks at home to help your child get used to it
The Proper Way to Wear a Face Mask
Your child’s face mask should cover their nose and mouth. It should fit securely. If it is too loose or too tight, they may end up messing with it and touching it too much, making it ineffective.
Masks shouldn’t be worn while eating and drinking, and kids should avoid touching the mask once it’s on their face. Face masks should be washed after each wearing.