My child is 5 years old. Can she really wear a mask?

My child is 5 years old. Can she really wear a mask? My child is 5 years old. Can she really wear a mask?

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

The American Academy of Pediatrics and public health experts state that masks should be worn by all people over the age of 2. The younger the child, or if your child has special needs (e.g. autism), the more challenging it can be to get your child to wear the 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 so let her choose her own with a design that excites her.

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