My child has anxiety and won’t wear a mask, however, my school will require them to when they reopen. What can I do to help her?

My child has anxiety and won’t wear a mask, however, my school will require them to when they reopen. What can I do to help her? My child has anxiety and won’t wear a mask, however, my school will require them to when they reopen. What can I do to help her?

1 Expert Answer

Terry Adirim, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.

Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Chair of the Department of Integrated Biomedical Science,  Florida Atlantic University

Children can be anxious in general during this time, but additionally, they could be anxious about wearing a mask. In the weeks before schools reopen, practice wearing a mask at home so she gets used to the sensation of having the mask on her face. There are now some really fun designs on masks so let her choose her own with a design that excites her. By the time she gets to school, she may be very happy to wear a mask, especially when she sees all her friends wearing them.

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