You want to keep your child safe from COVD-19, but did you know that using a mask for your baby is not considered safe? According to Nationwide Children’s, placing a cloth face covering on a child that is under the age of 2 is not recommended.
Here’s Why a Mask for Your Baby Is a Bad Idea
There are several reasons why putting a mask on your baby’s face is a bad idea. First off, a baby will have airways that are smaller. Therefore, when a baby has to breathe through a mask, it is more difficult than it would be for an adult to do the same. This boosts the risk that your baby will suffocate.
What if you put a mask on your baby, but you make sure it isn’t too tight around the face? Well, that’s not recommended either. Here’s the thing: if the mask is too loose, it won’t really protect your little one. On the other hand, if the mask is too tight, it restricts the ability of your child to get enough air. And, a baby can’t tell you that they’re having trouble breathing, and they can’t just take the mask off on their own either. That’s what makes a mask for your baby so dangerous.
There Are Other Ways to Protect Your Child
What can you do instead to protect your little one, since a mask on your baby isn’t recommended? Well, you could try the following:
- Instead of covering your baby’s face, cover the carrier that your baby is in. This can help ensure your child will be able to breathe without a problem, but there will be an element of protection against the coronavirus. Just be sure to take the cover off when you’re in the car with your baby, and always be there to supervise when the cover is on the carrier.
- Keep hand sanitizer nearby so you can use it when you are on the go and you need to handle your baby. Disinfecting surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, is also a good idea. Also, wash everyone’s hands frequently, especially when you first get home from being out in public.
- If your child is old enough, teach them to not touch their face when they are in public.
- When in public, practice social distancing, and try to keep your trips out of the house as short as possible when your baby is with you.
Stay Safe as You Try to Keep Your Family Healthy
Masks are helpful for adults, but not for babies and small children. With the tips above, you can take steps to keep your family safe and healthy.