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January 17, 2022

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A Practical Face-Mask Guide for Kids

Quick! Attach a lanyard! Getting kids accustomed to — and responsible for — mask-wearing takes a little parenting. We've got you covered.

We've all seen a flattened mask in the Kroger parking lot — don't touch it! But DO know how to keep all of your little mask-wearers responsible and safe. We've got tips:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been recommending cloth face coverings for months now as they reduce the chance of inadvertently spreading COVI-19. The American Academy of Pediatrics says socia distancing is most effective in preventing the spread of the virus, but what about

How to Get Kids Accustomed to Wearing Masks

• Put on masks together, look in the mirror together and talk about it.
• Put masks on favorite stuffed animals.
• Decorate masks so they're more personal and fun.
• Practice wearing masks at home to help get kids used to it.


What Kind of Mask is Best?

• Homemade or purchased cloth. For kids, the right fit is important, so pleated face coverings with elastic may work best. Try to find the right size for your child's face.


How often should you clean the face mask?

• The CDC says cloth face coverings should be washed after each use in your regular laundry.



Cubcoats Kids Face Masks
Fiveloaves Twofish Reuseable cotten masks
Superhero Cloth Face Mask by Meg Original
Kids' Soft Stretch Face Mask by Bloch
Kids' Face Mask Bandannas by Meakeize
Pixar Kids' Cloth Face Masks by Disney


How can I help my child not to lose his mask?

• Use a mask lanyard for kids — or even for you. Mask chains and lanyards are popping up everywhere. Find them here.



• When sending a child out in a mask, remind him just before he leaves to keep it on his face at all times unless he needs to drink or eat. And to wash his hands before putting the mask back on, if possible. Have your kids keep a small bottle of antibacterial gel in a pocket or backpack.

• Wash hands often, and definitely before eating.

• Don't put things in your mouth or share drinks.






About the Author

Susan Swindell Day

Susan Day is the editor in chief for this publication and the mom of four amazing kids.