This week the United States started giving the first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine! While this is great news, health experts are warning it's likely the US won't see any meaningful, widespread impacts from vaccinations until well into 2021!
Spending more time at home and physical distancing is still the best way to protect your family from COVID-19. Especially for younger children who still may not understand why they can't run up toward other people or touch things they shouldn't, it's best to keep them home.
With the holiday’s approaching we know staying at home and away from love ones may prove to be difficult, but we must remain vigilant and continue to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19...WEAR A MASK! And of course we'd love for your littles to wear an ANNA+POOKIE Mask.
Below are a few mask tips for kids:
- Masks should not be place on children under the age of 2 years or those who have trouble breathing due to risk of suffocation.
- Use face coverings in public where it is difficult to stay more than 6 ft. apart.
- Children are less likely to get severely ill, but they are more likely to be asymptomatic carriers! Using a cloth mask on your child can prevent them from infecting others by blocking respiratory droplets that may land on other people.
- Non-medical face coverings will not offer complete protection but they are better than nothing.
- For younger children who are unable to understand that they can’t run up to people and touch things, it is better for them to stay at home or in spaces that area away from other people.
- If you are in an environment where you can stay 6 feet away from people, such as in an outdoor park or a hiking trail, you and your child do not need a mask. But always have one handy just in case you come in contact with others.
- Your child does not need to wear a mask at home. If someone in your home is sick, try to isolate the sick person.
- For toddlers who may have difficulty keeping a mask on, try explaining why other people are wearing masks and why it is important.
- Set an example by earing a mask yourself and provide positive reinforcement when your child does wear one.
- Buy decorative masks that your children will love. Or decorate masks so they seem more fun and less scary.
- Show your kids pictures of other children wearing masks to normalize mask-wearing or put them on stuff animals.
- Face coverings should securely cover the nose AND mouth and shouldn’t be touched when worn.
- Children should wash their hands before and after removing a mask.
- They should take off their mask from behind instead of touching the front.
- Cloth masks should be washed after each wearing if possible.
Happy Holidays + Stay Safe Ya’ll 💗
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics