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With coronavirus cases currently surging across the United States and the World Health Organization calling for more evidence on airborne transmission of the virus, it’s important to find a face mask that comfortably and properly fits your child’s face. 

There are important reasons to have your kid cover their face with a mask, even though they are considered to have a lower risk of infection than adults. Health experts have indicated that asymptomatic transmission can adversely impact high-risk groups, so kids who don’t feel sick can still pass the virus to their grandparents and other family members who could become severely ill or die. There have also been reported cases of illness linked to COVID-19 said to resemble Kawasaki disease in children.

According to a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children over two-years-old should wear a face covering when in public or around people who don’t live with them. Though it’s still unknown if children will go back to school in the fall and whether there might be a face mask requirement if they do, it’s still a good idea to stock up on multiple face masks for them to wear while playing or in public.

Below, we have detailed what to note when you’re looking for a face mask for kids and listed a wide array of masks to consider, including a number of fun and unique styles.

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Top things to know when buying face masks for kids

  • If they wear glasses, consider styles that go around the back of the head or neck, instead of the ears. Also, a contoured face mask shape may work best with glasses.
  • If your child has breathing problems, such as asthma, the CDC suggests they should not wear a face mask.
  • Is your kid active? Some companies are using a lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric, like cotton, which is better suited for the summer heat. 
  • We recommend buying several face masks for your child to rotate out while the others are being washed.
  • If the face mask winds up making your child’s ears sore, here are recommendations to make it more comfortable.

Carter’s

Carter’s, a clothing brand company for kids, is now making face masks. The masks are 100% cotton.

Etsy sellers offer a wide range of face masks for kids.

Vista Print

Vistaprint has contoured face masks with adjustable nose pieces for kids.

Old Navy

Old Navy has tons of face masks in different colors and designs for kids. The masks are made from 100% cotton and have three layers.

Athleta

Athleta, a performance and activity clothing line, is making face masks for kids. The masks are sold in five-packs for $30.

Gap

Gap is selling face masks in packs of three for $15. The masks are made from three layers of cotton.

Disney

Disney is officially selling face masks, including The Avengers and Baby Yoda masks. They come in sets of four for $20. The company will donate all mask profits (up to $1 million) to MedShare.

Purple

Purple, the company known for its mattresses, is now making face masks. The masks are sold in pairs for kids for $20.

MaskClub

MaskClub is a new company that’s donating medical-grade masks to the First Responders Children’s Foundation for every mask sold. It offers designs such as Elmo and Paw Patrol that it hopes will make kids more comfortable wearing them. 

Bonrisu

Bonrisu makes handmade cotton face masks for kids. The masks have a filter pocket and adjustable straps. For every mask bought, the company is donating a mask to communities in need.

Stitchroom

Stitchroom makes face masks for children from 2-8 years old.

SwaddleDesigns

SwaddleDesigns, a baby blanket company, is making face masks. The masks are designed by a nurse and have two layers of cotton flannel fabric.

Jaanuu

Jaanuu, a medical apparel brand, is making antimicrobial-finished face masks for kids. You can buy a five-pack of masks for $25.

PaigeLauren

PaigeLauren is selling face mask sets for adults, children and mini sizes.

Mamask

Mamask face masks come with one copper ion fabric filter. The masks are made of 100% woven cotton.

For more face mask tips, here’s what you need to know about making your own face mask at home. Also, if you still need an adult face mask, check out our list of online face mask stores.


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The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

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