Story by: Norton Children’s on August 6, 2020
Face masks can be dangerous for babies and toddlers under age 2, but there are steps you can take to protect the little ones from the coronavirus.
Babies and toddlers have smaller airways, making breathing through a face mask more difficult than for adults. If they do have trouble breathing, they can’t tell anyone and wouldn’t be able to take the face mask off themselves, raising a risk of suffocation.
“Children under age 2 also will try to remove the mask, causing them to touch their faces even more than otherwise — increasing infection risk,” said Sharon Rengers, R.N., manager with Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness. “Face masks also may have strings or elastic bands that a small child could choke on.”
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While it appears the coronavirus tends to affect children less severely than adults, some children under age 2 have gotten very sick. Keeping the young ones at home and away from others isn’t always practical.