Local pediatrician says face masks not recommended for children under 2-years-old

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WESLACO – Wearing face masks is just one way to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 but for some children, it is not a safe option.

“Lower than 2 years of age it is not recommended,” Dr. Jorge Kutugata at Rainbow Pediatric Clinic in Weslaco explained. “It could be a hazard,” he added.

He says this is a recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Doctors say putting masks on infants younger than two years old is not safe.

“They can experience choking with some masks. Most are very safe but of course from 3 years of age an above,” he explained.

The way to protect your child is by staying at least 6 feet apart along with washing your hands frequently and staying at home.

For kids over the age of two, make sure the masks fit properly.

“Masks that are made at home are perfectly fine, they just have to be wide enough to cover the nose, underneath the chin and from ear to ear,” said the doctor as he demonstrated how the mask should properly cover your face.

For more information visit the CDC website.

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