On this year’s World Children’s Day, some of the world’s biggest landmarks will turn blue, in order to show their solidarity and support of children’s rights across the globe. On a personal level, one of the most important things that you can do to commemorate World Children’s Day is to take this opportunity to carefully think about children’s safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In honour of the upcoming World Children’s Day commemorations, we’ve dedicated this blog post to child's safety, and help explain how parents can ensure that their child is wearing a face mask properly for maximum protection.
How Face Masks Work
Face masks are an essential form of protection against the COVID-19 virus. Wearing these masks not only help to limit the spread of the disease but also significantly reduce the likelihood that you will catch the virus when you are out and about.
They do this by filtering the air that you breathe, and preventing you from inhaling the virus (which would otherwise have been transmitted to you via respiratory droplets in the air). They also act as a physical barrier, stopping you from putting your hands in your mouth or touching your nose before you have sanitised your hands.
For children, wearing a mask is an important way to protect them, their families, and the people around them. Many children are asymptomatic - which means that even if they do have the virus they might not know it - but they can still spread the virus to other people. So, by wearing masks in public, children too can protect themselves and help to limit the spread of the virus.
How to Ensure Your Child's Safety
At Cambridge Mask Co. our PRO mask comes in a wide variety of different sizes, which are designed to provide a perfect fit for children of any age above 1.5 years. Our masks come in the sizes XS-S, which are ideal for toddlers or young children.
However, it is important to note that we do not provide masks to fit babies who are under 18 months of age due to health and safety risks. We also suggest that if your child is under 5 years of age, you supervise them at all times while they are wearing a mask, to check that they are wearing it correctly and safely.
To guarantee your child's safety, try implementing the following ideas into your daily routine as much as possible:
- Wash your child’s hands with soap regularly
- Bring hand sanitiser with you if you go out and disinfect your child’s hands regularly, especially after they have touched public surfaces (such as traffic lights or if you go into a shop)
- Avoid close contact with other members of the public and other children
- Wear a face mask correctly
Making sure that your child is wearing their face mask properly requires you to think about the following points:
- Make sure that your child’s mouth, nose and chin are all completely covered by the mask
- Check that there are no gaps at the sides of the mask
- Make sure that the mask does not obscure their vision
- Even with a mask on, your child should still be able to breathe comfortably
- Teach your child how to properly take off their mask (they should not touch anything other than the side straps), you may find more info on how to don and doff your mask here.
- Explain to your child the importance of not sharing their mask with anyone else
There are all sorts of different ways that you can encourage your children to wear their masks. You can minimise the stress and anxiety that your children may be feeling by simply explaining to them how masks work. Help them to understand that, by wearing masks, they are keeping vulnerable people safe, and helping the government and all of those hard-working scientists.
You could also try doing little things to make mask-wearing as fun as possible. Treat your child to a mask with a fun, colourful pattern that they like, as this will encourage them to wear their mask (not just because you have told them to!). Check out our range of Child's Safe masks, to find lots of fun styles and well-fitting masks that are designed especially for children.