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Should Babies Wear Masks?

Doctors are working to make it clear that the universal masking recommendation does not apply to everyone, particularly infants or very young children.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age two, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.”

For infants, it’s because of a potential risk to breathing. Just as babies shouldn’t be placed on their stomachs to sleep because their airway could become blocked without them ever waking up to right themselves, the same can be said for face coverings like masks – they could unknowingly restrict oxygen to the baby, who won’t likely be able to remove it.

Should Toddlers Wear Masks?

Toddlers, those children under two years of age, are also advised to not wear them because they are likely more ineffective.

“Some say that children even under three do not need to be masked given the difficulties of keeping a mask on,” Dr. Chitra Akileswaran – the cofounder of Cleo, a resource for working parents – said.

 

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