As the COVID 19 continues and infection rates are continuous, the only prevention measures to avoid this contagion are to wear disposable face masks and maintain social distancing. Our children are a precious part of the family and they always try to mimic what we do. We must teach them the usefulness of face masks to our children to protect themselves against the spread of Coronavirus.
Using face masks sometimes can be unsettling for children and they can ask questions regarding it. It is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that young children more than 2 years, must wear face masks when going outside or inside public indoors. Below are some of the common questions and their replies.
How do face masks work?
COVID 19 is an infectious virus and spreads rapidly if an infected man coughs, sneezes, and does not maintain social distancing. The face masks act as a barrier and help to stop the spread of the virus.
In public spaces, sometimes it is difficult to main distance so face masks act as a preventive measure against the spread of the virus from person to person.
Should someone wear a face mask at home?
Generally, there is no need for a mask if you are at home. However, if there is a vulnerable person is at home, then all family members including children must use face masks.
The face mask should cover both your mouth and face. Your mask should fit snugly across your face. Wash your hands before putting on the mask and after putting it off.
Creative things parents can do to convince their children to wear a face mask
- Children do throw tantrums when anything new is provided in front of them. Give the child specific reasons for wearing a face mask while going outside. Try to answer their questions. Be honest and supportive in your role.
- Sometimes it is fun to decorate the face mask (cloth) of your child to make it interesting and increase their ownership of the product.
- The use of child-friendly language is simple and the best way for engagement. Gentle and concrete explanations lead the way.
- Children always try to mimic their parents and peers. If they see parents and older siblings are wearing masks then they will also repeat the behavior.
- Giving your children a sense of control helps you on a long way. Let them choose the design or color of the face mask which suits them well.