Let’s face it, your kids probably need at least a few masks because one will inevitably get dropped in dirt, left in the car, or used as an unfortunate tissue. But unless you're making them yourself, the cost for all these accessories can really add up. Fortunately, there are affordable face masks for kids that are effective and comfortable, which will also make your laundry situation a little more bearable (don't forget that masks should be washed after every use).
You may want to try out a few styles to find the best fit for your child. "A proper fitting mask completely covers the nose and mouth. Masks should fit snugly around under the chin and over the cheeks before securing behind the ears. Masks of multilayered cotton are effective, easy to clean, and comfortable for kids," Dr. Natasha Burgert, pediatrician, tells Romper. She adds that elastic loops around the ears are easiest to get on and off, but if your child is sensitive to the pressure caused behind their ears, you can look for for alternative latching points like headbands with buttons that secure the ear loops or "ear-saver" extension products.
And one more thing. It's important to note that runny noses and masks don't mix, Dr. Burgert says. "As soon as a mask gets wet, it should be replaced with a new one," she tells Romper. Read on for children's masks that won't break the bank, so you can stock up on a few.
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