Why babies shouldn’t wear face masks but older kids should

CDC recommends cloth face covering when in public to prevent spread of coronavirus

Should Babies Wear Face Masks?.The CDC now recommends wearing cloth masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.But are they suitable for babies?.According to the CDC, masks should not be used for children under age 2.This is due to a risk of suffocation, as babies can't remove their masks if they struggle to breathe.In addition, if a mask has small parts or things that can come off, it can become a choking hazard, Dr. Brianna Enriquez, via HuffPost.It is far more effective to encourage social distan

Whether you make it from a scarf, old shirt or even your bra, you know to wear a face mask if you leave your house.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta recommends wearing a cloth face covering to blunt the spread of the coronavirus.

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But what about children? Many people have to take their kids with them to the grocery store or on other errands. The CDC says there is no evidence children are more susceptible to the coronavirus, and if they get it usually show mild symptoms. That might lead parents to believe kids don’t need a mask.

That could be a dangerous belief, the CDC says — not so much for the child as for the public.

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"We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms ("asymptomatic") and that even those who eventually develop symptoms ("pre-symptomatic") can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms," the CDC states on its website.

Because of this, the CDC recommends children ages 2 and older wear a face mask when in public.

"Kids are much more likely to be asymptotic carriers or presymptomatic carriers, so ... we do a lot of good when we say, 'Hey, in addition to washing your hands, and please stop licking things, we'd also like you to wear a mask,'" Dr. Deborah Gilboa, a family physician and youth development speaker, told Today Parents. "We really want to slow and stop the spread of this, and we're seeing in data from other countries that kids are actively involved, entirely accidentally, in spreading this."

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Babies and children younger than 2 have smaller airways, however, so masks might make it too difficult for them to breathe.

"Using a mask on an infant can increase their risk of suffocation," Dr. Jamie Macklin, a pediatric hospitalist at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, told Today.

In addition, strings or elastic bands on masks could pose a choking hazard.

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