Is it safe for children to wear a facemask for hours during the day?

Is it safe for children to wear a facemask for hours during the day? Is it safe for children to wear a facemask for hours during the day?

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

Yes, masks are safe and in fact recommended for children of 2 years of age and older. There is no credible evidence that there are any medical conditions that would preclude anyone from wearing a mask. To the extent you are concerned about a medical condition that might be a reason for not wearing a mask, that condition – rather than whether the child can or cannot wear a mask – will make it far more likely that a child should not go to school or be out in public. A mask being uncomfortable is not a medical reason for not wearing a mask. For any child with anxiety or a developmental disorder which makes wearing a mask challenging, consult with your pediatrician.

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