During this unusual time, it’s normal to have questions, especially when it comes to keeping our children safe. Since the spread of COVID-19, some states have started to require cloth face coverings when venturing out of your home, while other states leave it as an option to consider. But what about for children?
The CDC does not recommend that children under the age of 2 years wear cloth face coverings. If you must go outside or to a place where you are not able to practice social distancing with an infant, cover the infant carrier with a blanket, which helps protect the baby, but still gives them the ability to breathe comfortably. Do not leave the blanket on the carrier in the car or at any time when the baby and carrier are not in direct view.
Children over the age of 2 years old should wear cloth face coverings in places where they cannot be 6 feet away from others. Examples include doctor visits, pharmacy or grocery stores.
There are some 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, as long as they can stay at least 6 feet away from others and can avoid touching surfaces. For example, it’s 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.
For children wearing cloth face coverings, the right fit is what’s important. Pleated face coverings with elastic are likely to work best for kids. Try to find the right size for your child’s face and be sure to adjust it for a secure fit. Practice wearing the face covering at home to help your child get used to it. You can even try putting one on their stuffed animal to show the right way to wear it and the importance of it during this time.
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 can’t run up toward other people or touch things they shouldn’t. If you have any questions or concerns, we are currently offering telehealth visits.