Face Coverings for Children During COVID-19 : Tips for parents and caregivers on safely slowing the spread by children wearing masks.

 

 

To protect us and others from COVID-19, the CDC now recommends ​cloth face coverings be used when outside. But what about children? Read on for answers to some frequently asked questions about cloth face coverings and children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Should children wear cloth face coverings?

Children under the age of 2 years should not wear cloth face coverings.

 

When do children need to wear cloth face coverings?

There are places where children should wear cloth face coverings. This includes places where they may not be able to avoid staying 6 feet away from others. For example, if you take them to the doctor, pharmacy, or grocery store.

 

However, there are other places where children do NOT need to wear a cloth face covering:

 

  • At home, assuming they have not been exposed to anyone with COVID-19.

 

  • Outside, if they can stay at least 6 feet away from others and can avoid touching surfaces. For example, it is fine to take a walk as long as your children stay 6 feet away from others and do not touch tables, water fountains, playground equipment or other things that infected people might have touched. ​

 

  • Caution: you may need to reconsider the use of cloth face coverings if the face coverings are a possible choking or strangulation hazards to your child.

 

  • Wearing the cloth face covering causes your child to touch their face more frequently than not wearing it.

 

Staying home and physical distancing is still the best way to protect your family from COVID-19. Especially for younger children who may not understand why they cannot run up toward other people or touch things they shouldn’t, it’s best to keep them home. Children who are sick (fever, cough, congestion, runny nos​e, diarrhea, or vomiting) should not leave home.

For the full article from the American Pediatric Academy please follow the link below!

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/Cloth-Face-Coverings-for-Children-During-COVID-19.aspx

 

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March 2020