How to help your kids wear face masks and why using their favourite cartoon could be key

PARENTS are preparing to send their kids back to school after the government declared the easing of lockdown restrictions.

And with Brits being advised to wear "face coverings" as part of the Government's coronavirus strategy, parents are no doubt looking for ways to ensure their kids are protected too.

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But children will not have to wear face masks when they go back to school, instead, it's recommended that kids only wear masks in places where it's hard to maintain social distancing measures – such as when using public transport or when visiting shops.

This doesn't apply to young infants, however, with health officials warning against putting face masks on babies and toddlers as "it could prove deadly".

Any child who is not able to remove the masks on their own should not be wearing any face covering. It’s important the masks are not making it difficult for the child to breathe and it is safe for them.

But for kids who are old enough, and with supplies rapidly dwindling, experts are recommending the public make their own face masks if you can't get a hold of any.


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The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that cloth face coverings fashioned from household items are effective in preventing the spread of the virus, and is actually encouraged.

But what does this mean for kids, and how do parents ensure they remain protected at all time?

One of London’s leading pre-school education facilities, Abacus Ark, and, a leading international PPE procurement agency, have provided their top tips for children wearing a mask.

Abacus Ark says: “whilst wearing a mask in educational establishments is not recommended, we appreciate that you may need to try to get your child to wear a mask outside of an early years setting.

"Like anything with children under five, to get them to follow rules without a battle, you need use a combination of role modelling, consistency and making something interesting to them.”

First and foremost, the leading nursery group suggests making the process fun and interesting so your child will be more likely to play along.

An idea could be to decorate the mask using their favourite character from a book or movie, or something that they like to play with- such as unicorns or trucks.

Meanwhile, consistency is key for young tots so ensure that popping on the mask is part of their regular routine.

Abacus Ark suggest putting on their mask with the rest of their routine – such as shoes or coat -and ensure you follow the same steps each time.

It might not work straight away, they say, but after a few days you’ll see it happening.

Finally, you need to ensure that you role model the behaviour, highlighting when you wear a mask, or you see someone else wearing a mask.

This will create the perception that this is the correct behaviour and must be followed.

We also shared how to make your own face masks with these patterns and templates.

Plus, now comes the ‘trikini’ – bizarre coronavirus trend of bikinis with matching FACE MASKS.

We also revealed how a model had quit the catwalk to move into a care home during the pandemic.

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