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American Academy of Pediatrics

Tips to better communicate with children while wearing a face mask

  • get the child's attention before talking

  • face the child directly and make sure nothing is blocking the child's view

  • speak slowly and slightly louder (without shouting)

  • ensure a child is using hearing aids or using other hearing devices, if they have been prescribed

  • use eyes, hands, body language, and changes in tone of voice to add information to speech

  • ask the child if they understood; repeat words and sentences when necessary

  • reduce noise and reduce distractions

You can share these tips with your child's day care provider, preschool, and others who regularly interact with your child while wearing masks.

This image shows how parents, teachers and children can communicate more easily while wearing face masks and kids face masks
The Center for Disease Control
The CDC has easy to follow tips on how to properly wear kids face masks, how to properly dry kids face masks and how to properly store kids face masks during snack times and meal times

Tips on wearing and caring for kids masks


How to wear

Wear a mask correctly and consistently for the best protection.

  • Be sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before putting on a mask.

  • Do NOT touch the mask when wearing it. If you have to often touch/adjust your mask, it doesn’t fit you properly, and you may need to find a different mask or make adjustments.

How to wash  

  • Include your mask with your regular laundry.

  • Use regular laundry detergent and the appropriate settings according to the fabric label or 

  • Wash your mask with tap water and laundry detergent or soap.

  • Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove detergent or soap.

How to dry

  • Dry your mask completely in a warm or hot dryer or

  • Hang your mask in direct sunlight to dry completely. If you cannot hang it in direct sunlight, hang or lay it flat and let it dry completely.

How to store

  • Store wet or dirty masks in a plastic bag

  • If your mask is wet or dirty from sweat, saliva, make-up, or other liquids or substances, keep it in a sealed plastic bag until you can wash it. Wash wet or dirty masks as soon as possible to prevent them from becoming moldy. Wet masks can be hard to breathe through and are less effective than dry masks.

  • Store masks that are not wet or dirty in a paper bag.

Snack and meal-time mask storage and care

  • You can store your mask temporarily to reuse later. Remove your mask correctly and wash your hands after touching a used mask. Keep it in a dry, breathable bag (like a paper or mesh fabric bag) to keep it clean between uses. When reusing your mask, keep the same side facing out.

  • If you are taking off your mask to eat or drink outside of your home, you can place it somewhere safe to keep it clean, such as your pocket, purse, or paper bag. Make sure to wash or sanitize your hands after removing your mask. After eating, put the mask back on with the same side facing out. Be sure to wash or sanitize your hands again after putting your mask back on.

This image and article explains how to store and care for kids masks during snack and meal-times.
The Center for Disease Control

Tips on choosing kids face masks and mask quality


Do choose masks that

  • Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric

  • Completely cover your nose and mouth

  • Fit snugly against the sides of your face and don’t have gaps

  • Have a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask

Find a mask that is made for children to help ensure proper fit

  • Check to be sure the mask fits snugly over the nose and mouth and under the chin and that there are no gaps around the sides

  • Do NOT put on children younger than 2 years old

Some tips to ensure a good fit

  • Use a mask fitter or brace

  • Use a mask fitter or brace over a disposable mask or a cloth mask to prevent air from leaking around the edges of the mask.

  • Check that it fits snugly over your nose, mouth, and chin

  • Check for gaps by cupping your hands around the outside edges of the mask.

  • Make sure no air is flowing from the area near your eyes or from the sides of the mask.

  • If the mask has a good fit, you will feel warm air come through the front of the mask and may be able to see the mask material move in and out with each breath.

This image shows an older adult helping fit a kids face make on a child to ensure a proper fit and this article shows how to find a kids masks that has a proper fit for a child and how to wear a kids mask to ensure a proper fit
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