As cities and states begin to reopen, people, including children, are being asked to wear masks when out in public.
Tedra Smith, DNP, nurse practitioner and an assistant professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, provides tips on talking to children about masks, preparing them for going out in public during a pandemic and making masks for children.
“Children older than two years of age should wear a mask to cover their nose and mouth anytime they are in a public place, including grocery stores, doctor’s appointments or other public venues,” Smith said.
Smith suggests being honest with children and using simple terms that they understand as you begin to talk about wearing a mask when out in public.
Smith provides additional tips as parents talk to children about wearing a mask:
When making masks or purchasing masks for children, Smith suggests making it work with their personality.