Not only adults, children too must wear masks when they go out due to the current pandemic situation and safety precautions. If your kids are young or preschoolers then finding the right mask that protects them can be challenging. Of course there are different types of masks available in the market! However when it comes to kids masks, the mask need to protect them while it is comfortable to wear. Then what type of mask should children wear? Which masks are comfortable for kids to wear during the school hours? Are these comfortable masks providing the protection against droplets? These are some common questions that most parents ask.
Why children need to wear masks?
With the Covid-19 pandemic people had to change the way they lived before. Staying at home was mandatory for few months. Now, wearing a mask is compulsory when you go out. All these measures are to protect against the Covid-19 which is a global pandemic now. World Health Organization recommends wearing a mask for both adults and children when go out depending on the local authorities. This is why it is important to know the best types of masks that are suitable for kids.
But some kids refuse to wear masks for a long time. Help them to understand the reason they wear masks. You can even buy protective masks with cute designs to make it attractive for kids. I found such beautiful and cute masks at Paragon Tools which are suitable for kids.
For my kid I tried few different types of masks including both disposable masks and reusable masks. All these masks come with pros and cons. After all it is for the protection of the kids from getting sick. Therefore it is important to know the best types of masks for the kids before you buy.
What are the available face mask types for kids?
There are both disposable and reusable masks for children which are also available in different sizes depending on the kids’ age. However it is important to know the most suitable types of masks before you purchase for your kids.
Features of good face masks for children
When you purchase masks for the young kids and grownup children it is also important to choose the right size. Adjustable masks are the best as it is easier to make it fit for the child. If you buy cloth masks or reusable masks then check about the material. It should be breathable and comfortable for the kids. Some of the reusable masks I bought were with nose wire. That helps to keep the mask on place without moving around. However, if the nose wire is damaged or if it comes out from the mask it can hurt the kids. Therefore be sure to check the nose wire for damages before you purchase.
Check the number of layers in the kids’ masks before you buy. Usually kids’ masks are with three protective layers. If you can insert a filter to your kid’s mask it will work as an additional protective layer. Check these features before you buy masks for your children.
Buy few extra masks for your kids and pack 1-2 masks individually in sealable bags. Keep those in their school bag. This allows the kids to change their masks after few hours. It provides better protection against the viruses or droplets.
If the masks you purchase come with sealable packs you can use the same bags to pack the masks for the children. I bought individually packed reusable masks and found that I can use the sealable bag to pack his masks for the school.
Finally, the masks you choose for children should protect them from droplets. While there are stylish masks available, try to choose the masks with few layers. Don’t forget that the masks should be comfortable enough too.
If you were in doubt thinking what type of mask should children wear, I hope this guide helped you to find some information.
Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi is the founder of this blog which she shares her parenting and lifestyle experiences.She is a Contracts Engineer by profession and recently launched her own Engineering consultancy service Sihela Consultants.(www.sihelaconsultants.com)