Being responsible parents, we must be all worried about our kids in the pandemic period. Wearing a face mask is very crucial to alter the effects of the virus and stop the spread of COVID-19.

There will be different kinds of noticeable changes as we adjust to life during the coronavirus pandemic. One such change is the wearing of face masks or coverings. Cloth face coverings help reduce the chances of spreading viruses through respiratory droplets or the spray of saliva. For families in the location where social distancing of at least 6 apart is not an option, a face covering is recommended to prevent the spread of the virus.

Children thrive on routines and this change of wearing masks regularly can be unsettling for them. For many parents, getting their child to wear a face mask when going out can be a challenge. Kids are active and tend to be fidgety – and wearing a mask can be an adjustment for anyone. It will take a little bit of talking and practice to ensure that they wear masks when needed!

How to inspire my child to wear face masks during the pandemic?

The COVID-19 virus spreads from person-to-person through respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing, or talking. A mask or cloth face cover acts as a barrier to help prevent the spread of those respiratory droplets. The cloth face masks are most effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19 when they are used widely by people in public.

1. Educate your child on why wearing a face mask is important to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Take the help of stories and visual scenarios to make your child understand the importance of wearing masks.

2. Normalize the use of face masks through play. Kids learn through play and it helps them process their feelings. Give your child a mask of their favourite stuffed material or practice putting the mask on their toy. Consider having your child practice wearing the mask with the toy to normalize the situation.

3. Provide fun and colours to the mask option. Provide kid-friendly patterns and options to your child. Look for cloth masks that feature your child’s favourite character or colour. You can also help your child to choose a design and that they feel part of the process.

4. Make sure that your kid’s mask fits correctly and comfortably to prevent them from fidgeting with it. A cloth face cover should fit over the child’s nose & mouth and be secured under the chin. Adjust the mask’s fit to avoid any gaps on the sides.

The child might not want to wear a mask and you might have a hard time keeping in on their face. But with little effort and talking with the kids can change their minds. Try getting involved with the kids through fun play to make them understand the importance of masks in today’s time. It is all about practice and after a few day’s your children will be wearing the mask on their own without any effort.