Other safety precautions should also be followed
After understanding that yes is the answer to “Does my child need to wear a face mask?”, parents must now try implementing it.
Aside from wearing masks, it’s important for parents to teach their children the proper safety precautions when it comes to COVID-19.
These precautions include the following:
- Washing the hands often, especially if they touched anything outside
- Keeping their distance from other people
- Avoiding crowded places
- Avoiding people who are sick, or who have been exposed to someone who is sick
By making sure to follow these important safety precautions, parents can make sure that their kids as well as their entire family can be free from disease.
How to make masks more comfortable for kids
In some cases, children might find that wearing a mask for long periods of time might not feel comfortable. This can be a problem because children might take off their masks, which exposes them to infection.
So it is important for parents to know how to make masks more comfortable for kids. The more at ease and comfortable kids are with wearing a mask, the more inclined they will be to keep the mask on.
Here are some important things to remember:
- Be sure to have the right sized face mask for your child. Face masks for adults don’t fit them well, and it can be a source of discomfort.
- Children who are 2-5 years old should have masks that are roughly 6 inches wide, for 5-12 year-olds it should be 7 inches wide, and for adolescents, 9 inches wide3.
- Children might feel anxious about wearing a mask, and that’s okay. It might be a good idea to get them comfortable with it first by asking them to wear it around the house before going out and wearing it outside4.
- You can also encourage your child to wear a mask by wearing a mask yourself. This shows them that it’s safe and comfortable to wear a mask.
- Be sure to explain to your child why they need to wear a mask. The more they understand its importance, the more inclined they would be to wear it.
Wearing a mask shouldn’t feel like a chore to your child. Make wearing masks a fun activity, and be sure to praise them for following the necessary safety precautions.