Healthy Start warns against masks on children
With the CDC advising everyone to wear a mask in public, parents may be concerned about covering their child’s face when going out for essentials. However, putting a face mask on a small child may present more issues than it actually prevents because these masks are not meant for children under the age of four.
“They're not able to take the mask on and off by themselves, so they could suffocate. With two and three-year-olds, their fingers touch everything, so if they're trying to take on and off a mask, they're going to spend more time touching their face than they would be if they didn't have a mask on itself,” said Sharon Trainor, the executive director of Healthy Start in Bay, Franklin, and Gulf counties.
Trainor advises parents, instead, to put a light blanket over a stroller or carrier to keep children safe.