What Kind of Mask Should My Kid Wear?
When it comes to selecting a type of mask, options are obviously limited. Akileswaran anticipates the agency will promote the use of cloth masks — something made out of T-shirt material, a cotton bandana, or a towel that is able to be laundered and machine-dried without damage or change to its shape — for those at low or very low risk, which is the case for most young family members.
“They’re appropriate for making a trip to the grocery store or doctor’s office, for outdoor activities, and among children,” she said.
According to Rebekah Wheeler, a registered nurse and certified midwife who is a lead adviser for Cleo, effective masks should meet the following parameters:
- Fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Is secured with ties or ear loops
- Includes multiple layers of fabric
- Allows for breathing without restriction
- Able to be removed by the child themselves
Akileswaran cautions against considering N95 respirators because they need to be carefully fitted to your face, and she recommends surgical masks for those with moderate risk or those who have COVID-19 symptoms and are trying to prevent the spread to others in their home.