Hygiene and preparedness for the unexpected are always important, but during the COVID-19 crisis, it is even more so. If you’re a parent with children, you understand the necessity of ensuring that your kids are safe as well as protected from spreading germs to others. Outside play is still essential, and there are always going to be times where they won’t be able to stay home alone for a trip to the grocery store. In these cases, a face mask works wonders in keeping kids safe and healthy while out in public.
While wearing a mask is important, be sure to impart to children the importance of frequent hand washing and relevant social distancing rules, which will be the most effective at minimizing exposure and any viral threat presented while out in public. By following the rules and CDC guidelines, we will all have the best chances of minimizing risk.
Should My Child Wear a Face Mask?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have stated that a majority of COVID-19 cases are spread through direct or indirect contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids, primarily spittle and droplets present whenever you exhale. Due to this, large group gatherings are the primary way the virus can spread among demographics easily and quickly.
Children tend to have less of a grasp on personal space, as well as the tendency to forget to cover their mouths while coughing or sneezing. Cloth medical face masks keep droplets away from others while also practicing social distancing techniques that prevent rapid viral spread.
While you don’t need to go overboard in buying personal protective equipment, it is still helpful to understand the reasons why it’s necessary and essential to your safety and the public.
Where to Buy a Kids Face Mask?
With most online shipping outlets overloaded by the increase in grocery shopping traffic and stay-at-home orders, it can be difficult to find a retailer that will ship masks to you. On top of this, many retail stores might be sold out or have raised prices to unforgivable levels, making the ability to wear cloth masks difficult and expensive.
Our artists wanted to produce kids face masks that they would be proud to wear when you have to go outside. Featuring one of a kind art our Chronic Ink washable and reuseable surgical style black face masks are made of 100% Neoprene and will help you to protect your nose and mouth area from exposure to unwanted contaminants.
Do kids cloth face masks really work?
The CDC recommends cloth masks with a number of different features for both children and adults:
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to the shape
It should be easy to remove the best face masks without much effort, but not so simple that children will be taking them on and off while out in public. Remind children of the importance of keeping the mask on while they are outside, even if there are no people present to present any hazardous avenues of transmission.
How To Put a Mask on My Child
Ensuring that a cloth mask will stay put on your child is important, and getting the right fit is the single biggest requirement for this. If something is uncomfortable, few kids will want to wear it over the long term. This means using softer materials if possible, and ones that are lightweight yet still retain the protective aspects of having multiple layers. By minimizing discomfort, you can more effectively maximize safety for yourself and your children.
During this difficult time, it can be especially hard to find relevant, accurate information regarding the best thing to do while out in public and staying at home. Be sure to only trust sources that have scientific, epidemiological considerations in mind, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and CDC. If someone is trying to sell you on a cure or other form of preventative medicine, don’t trust it, as there is currently no vaccine for the virus. Our best bet is to stay home and stay safe by wearing a mask when we do have to go out.