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3 tips to get children used to wearing a mask

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In recent months, wearing a mask has become the gesture to adopt in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic. But it is a habit that can be complicated to develop in children. We have some great tips and tricks!

We never imagined living in confinement one day. And even less twice in the same year. The coronavirus epidemic is however more severe than ever this fall and is pushing us to stay at home, as it was last spring. To avoid being infected or infecting others, it is also necessary to observe barrier gestures: social distancing, a effective hand washing and the sacrosanct wearing of the mask. For the moment, the latter is not compulsory for children under 12 in Belgium, but France has just forced children over 6 to wear it to school. Schools indeed seem to be places where the spread of the virus is significant. Let us look for example at the number of Belgian establishments which had to close their classes, in whole or in part, before the All Saints holidays.

3 TIPS FOR INTRODUCING KIDS TO WEARING A MASK

So no, we don’t dream of seeing those who are dearest to us wearing the mask. But if the latter should one day be prescribed in Belgium, it is better to have a plan of attack. Vhere are three tips to read to better consider the future.

1. TO WEAR THE MASK WITH THE DOUDOUS

Soft toys and dolls are children’s best friends. Have them wear a mask (no need to have a real one, a knotted piece of cloth will do) to show your child that their best containment allies also wear a protective mask.

2. WEAR IT AT HOME

Before wearing a mask outdoors, have your child wear the mask indoors to get used to it. The little ones may have a little trouble putting it on, especially with the elastic bands at the ears. Wearing the mask at home for a few minutes (5, then 30, then 60 minutes…) will help you anticipate and resolve the discomfort associated with wearing the mask. Then think about planning a masked ride a little longer. This adaptation will help you get your child used to it smoothly, without stress.

3. TELL A STORY AROUND THE MASK

In order for your child to agree to wear a mask outdoors, it is important to explain to him why he must stick to it. If this new habit seems strange to you, imagine what it must be like for this little one! No need, however, to make him panic by explaining the high danger of the virus (lack of intensive care beds, death …). Use simple, straightforward speech: with childish words, say why it is essential to protect others from our germs. You can find stories on the Internet that are available for free. The site cocovirus explains in particular to children what they need to know about the coronavirus.

AN ILLUSTRATION THAT SPEAKS

If you use disposable masks in your family, this small illustration will allow you to explain to your children how to wear them while doing the right barrier gestures.

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