Dr. Alison Tothy, AAP spokesperson, said: “Safety masks for children to wear and we recommend that you use them. “They will keep your kids safe from infections, especially when they’re around other kids.”
In fact, dozens of children have safely taken classes at El Valor’s preschool program. El Valor serves 2,000 children in the Chicago area at four different locations, including the Carlos Cantu Family & Children Center in Little Village.
Nina Dueñas, El Valor̵7;s Senior Vice President of Children’s Services, said the children had been wearing a veil for about eight weeks.
“It was our new way of life and I think they adjusted very well,” Dueñas said.
The American Academy of Pediatrics emphasizes that masks not only protect your child, but also reduce the spread of COVID-19. Children, they say, get used to them.
“I haven’t seen kids pulling it or trying to take them off. We might have seen that in the first week, but lots of constant reminders and here eight weeks later and they’re wearing masks.” , Dueñas says.
At El Valor, children can remove masks while out and about and stay away from society in the playground or lunch. Some children are at the program until 10 o’clock and wear a face veil.
“Children, as well as adults, can wear a mask as long as they need it,” said Dr. Tothy.
Along with offering guidance, AAP is also breaking the myths of the mask. They have been addressing a few questions over the past few months.
“Will it make it harder for my child to breathe? Can it interfere with my child’s lung development? Won’t they pay as much attention as they are at school? All of which is not true,” said Dr. Tothy. .
Instead, Dr. Tothy said, children will reflect on what their parents do, including whether or not they wear a mask.
“It’s like wearing a helmet while you’re cycling, or wearing a seat belt when you put your child in the car seat. These are things kids can get used to,” she said.
At El Valor, children have adapted, but so are teachers, their parents and their classmates, even kids as young as 2 years old.
“If the parents are doing it, the teacher is doing it,” Dueñas said, “the kids will.”
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