Getting kids ready for masks
Getting ready for back to school this year means so much more. If the kids go back to in-person learning at the end of the month, most of them will be required to wear a mask for the majority of the school day.
President of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Gregory Fox, says we should start getting the kids ready now.
“This is the time. We have a month and I think we need to use that time productively.” Dr. Fox has some advice to make mask-wearing easier.
First of all, he says it’s important to explain why we wear masks. “We’re trying to protect each other and that we’re all in this together. It’s not should I be wearing a mask or shouldn’t I. It’s I want to protect my other classmates and my teacher.”
Doctor Fox says get a fun mask that your kid will want to wear and make sure it fits. It should go over the nose and mouth and shouldn’t be too baggy. You don’t want them fidgeting with it and touching their face.
And practice. You can’t expect kids to jump in on day one and wear a mask all day. Dr. Fox suggests building up their tolerance. Start with 10 minutes one day, 20 the next. Maybe have them wear a mask while watching 30 minutes of a special tv show.