Do kids need to wear a mask?
Parents with kids are probably worried about their child's problem with wearing a mask when taking their kids out of the house. Let's see what is right to do.
Newborn baby - 1 year old
Should not wear masks because young kid's respiratory system is not strong enough and may cause hypoxia.
It is recommended to hold your baby on your chest or use a blanket on the stroller and keep your kid's distance from others.
Children 1-2 years old
Some kids of this age can take off their masks themselves when they feel uncomfortable.
It is recommended to wear for a short period of time and to be accompanied by an adult for close supervision.
Children > 2 years old
Children can wear masks because they can take off the mask themselves when they feel uncomfortable. Except for children with weak muscles or children with cerebral palsy, parents should be especially careful.
Since young children's skin is quite sensitive, you should choose a mask that fits their face and is made from a gentle material that doesn't irritate their skin.
1. American Academy of Pediatrics - California Chapter II (AAP Interim Guidance)
2. Information provided by Dr. Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai Director-General of the Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health