The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly been tough on all of us – but as adults, we are able to comprehend the gravity of the situation. But what about our littles? They are forced to wear masks, leave their schools, avoid family and friends without understanding the crux of the matter.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF, children below the age of 5 do not need to wear a mask. This is based on the physiological and safety needs of the child and also attributed to developmental milestones.
Here are a few dos and don’ts you should consider when educating your little ones on mask-wearing:
- Do talk to your child about the Corona Virus and how the transmission can be reduced by wearing a mask, social distancing and hand-washing.
- Do explain to your child that wearing a mask is fun and cool by showing them pictures and videos of other kids comfortably wearing their masks.
- Do buy fun and interesting masks that can hold the interest of your child.
- Do teach your child to put the cloth masks for washing as soon as they are done wearing them for the day.
- Do teach your child to wash hands thoroughly before handling the mask
- Don’t force a child under the age of 5 to wear a mask to avoid the risk of suffocation.
- Don’t let your child get used to wearing the mask wrong i.e. by exposing the nose or mouth.
- Don’t put on a mask for a child who may have a breathing problem or asthma.
- Don’t force your child to wear a mask at home if no one is sick or infected.
- Don’t let your child touch the surface of the mask.