Face covering guidelines for children based on latest evidence released by American Academy of Pediatrics

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Posted at 6:44 AM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 06:46:28-04

The American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidance about face coverings for children based on the latest evidence.

Pediatricians say now is the time to start preparing children for wearing masks all day if they are heading back to the classroom.

Officials with the AAP also say they hope parents understand that cloth face coverings can be safely worn by all children ages two and older - including the majority of children with underlying health conditions.

Health experts say children should also practice the proper way to put the mask on and take it off.

Children should be “fitting it around the nose, making sure it's underneath your chin," says Dr. Elissa Rubin with Happy and Healthy Pediatrics. "Make sure that they're not touching the front of the mask at any point, once they take the mask off, the mask to be taken off by the earpieces.”

Experts say parents should choose a mask that is at least two or three layers with adjustable straps to make sure they get a good fit.