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How should you explain wearing face masks to your kids?

We have all been through a lot this past year. Things that were unusual to us pre-2020, have now become a norm for many people around the world. Wearing face masks is probably at the top of that list! 


We know that wearing face masks not only allows us to breath filtered air, it also prevents the spread of germs. In our previous blog post, we talked about the various myths behind the use of face masks – one of which highlighted the importance of face masks for kids.


Wearing masks is an unusual experience for everyone, especially kids. Since kids are naturally curious, they may want to touch the mask when it is on their face or remove it because they are unfamiliar with it. Children need to be taught the proper use and safety of using a face mask. 


Here’s how you can make that happen:


Explain why they need to wear a mask

It’s always good to be honest with children. 


Be open and explain to them that masks prevent germs from spreading from one person to another. By using masks, we ensure that everyone stays healthy and safe. 


Kids are also prone to touching everything they see, so wearing a mask can be described as an act of kindness, as it prevents the spread of germs, and keeps everyone healthy.


Make wearing masks fun

Wearing a mask doesn’t have to be cumbersome or annoying. MEO Air face masks have been designed to suit any face and lifestyle, so you can continue being your amazing self.


When your kids wear a face mask, do some fun things with them to make it into an enjoyable experience. Play pretend, paint pictures or incorporate putting on a mask in a playful manner or game. Practice putting masks on their toys, dolls, or stuffed animals.


The MEO kids range is designed keeping the little people in mind. With four fun designs, MEO Kids face masks are comfortable, safe and fun to wear – even for the most enthusiastic child.


Before you step out, do trial rounds at home

For some kids, wearing a mask can be frightening. So before you step out, do a few practice rounds with your children. It is important to make sure to teach them how to put on a mask correctly as well as how to take it off, unassisted.


Children younger than two and those with developmental disabilities should not wear face masks. If your kids are unable to remove the mask on their own, they should not be wearing a face mask.


Be a role model


You can set a good example for your children by wearing face masks too. The more positive and easy-going you are about it, the more likely kids will be to follow your lead. Show them that it is safe and enjoyable to wear a mask. At the same time, take it as an opportunity to reiterate the correct way to put on and remove a face mask. 


Praise your child for helping to keep our communities safe and they will in turn spread the message (not the virus) to their schools and playgrounds.