Do children wear masks? There is no doubt about this, the answer is yes because wearing a mask can effectively block the spread of virus droplets.
To protect children from the devil of the virus, parents may have these questions when buying masks. For example, how old can a child wear a mask? What kind of mask should the child wear? Is n95 suitable for children? There is a lot of information on the Internet, but it is difficult to filter. The mask manufacturer here summarizes more detailed information for parents to refer to when purchasing.
1. At what age can a child wear a mask?
When buying masks, you can usually see that there are two sizes of children's masks, generally 0-3 years old and 3 years old or older (there are differences between different countries or brands).
Does that mean that a child can wear a mask at birth? In fact, experts suggest that infants and young children under 6 months are not recommended to wear masks. Even masks of 0-3 years old specifications are easy to fall off when worn by infants and young children. At the same time, infants and young children cannot express their unwillingness to wear masks or are uncomfortable, and children may also use their hands to help break free from the shackles of masks because of the discomfort caused by facial occlusions. They cannot consciously avoid touching the contaminated surface of the mask-like adults. . In addition, from the perspective of safety, parents cannot observe the facial changes and breathing of children wearing masks.
Based on the opinions of all parties, it is not recommended that children under the age of 1 wear masks. During the epidemic or flu season, avoid going out to crowded places as much as possible.
2. What kind of mask should children wear?
There are three kinds of masks commonly used in life: ordinary cotton masks, disposable masks, medical-surgical masks, and N95 masks.
Their main functions and differences:
①Cotton masks: Mainly protect against cold and dust, and cannot prevent infection.
②Disposable masks (such as medical nursing masks, medical-surgical masks): Can prevent respiratory infections to a certain extent, but cannot prevent haze.
③N95 mask: It can effectively prevent respiratory infections and prevent haze.
Some analysis results show that:
N95 protective masks and medical-surgical masks have no significant difference in the prevention of infectious acute respiratory infections in the clinical environment. In other words, for the purpose of self-protection and reducing the risk of respiratory infections, the latter two types of masks (medical-surgical masks, anti-haze masks) can be worn. The main difference between them is whether to prevent haze, you can choose according to your personal needs.
Masks such as cotton cloth and sponge are less effective in protecting respiratory tract infections. It is better to choose medical surgical masks when conditions permit. Children's masks should choose products that meet national standards and are marked with children's or adolescents' particulate protective masks. Regular medical masks are medical supplies, and the codes for a production license and medical device product registration can be found on the packaging.