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Experts at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs weigh-in on kids and masks

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- COVID-19 can infect anyone, even kids, and medical experts at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado, Colorado Springs say parents need to communicate why wearing a mask is important for the health and safety of everyone around them.

For parents of younger children, the concept of a pandemic may still be too hard grasp, so parents need to model mask-wearing habits themselves.

Experts say kids should also be practicing wearing their masks at home. Their first outing outside of the house should not be the first time they’re putting on a mask.

Kids can ditch their masks outdoors only if parents can ensure they'll be within a socially-safe distance from other people at all times.

Experts still recommend kids wear a mask outdoors, especially if they'll be touching common surfaces.

Ultimately, parents are encouraged to use their best judgement when it comes to kids and mask-wearing.

Younger kids who frequently fidget and touch their masks actually do themselves more harm than good. In those instances, parents may opt to ditch their masks altogether.

But more times than not, experts say mask-related problems in kids are easily addressed.

"Find out exactly what's bothering them is the most important part," says Sara Saporta-Keating, Epidemiologist at Children's Hospital Colorado. "Particularly the ear loops can be the most irritating to kids."

Experts say children often refuse to wear a mask because they feel like they don’t have a say and they want to demonstrate their independence from you.

By giving them options, like the ability to choose their mask, parents can help increase their sense of control and their likelihood of cooperating.

For kids with asthma, experts say they still should wear a mask.

From what we know about the disease so far, kids with asthma might be at an increased risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19 if they’re infected. 

It’s especially important for parents to teach kids how to put on their mask correctly. Remind them to always try to hold their mask and put it on using the ear loops.

Experts say parents should make sure kids are washing their hands before and after handling their masks, as well.

Coronavirus / Health

Mia Villanueva

Mia is a weekday reporter for Good Morning Colorado. Learn more about Mia here.



  1. 99% of kids who get the Rona will not have any symptoms, if they do it is very mild.
    Yeah right. Try making you kids wear mask around the house. That is cruel. Kids should feel safe at home and it Has to be a refuge from this crazy world.

    1. While your numbers are correct, it doesn’t take into account the fact that kids can spread the virus at least as readily as adults. That’s why they need to wear masks, to protect others rather than to protect themselves.

  2. Children can do without a mask outdoors if you can ensure that proper social distance is maintained… Why does it matter there if our schools don’t practice proper social distancing. I for one know for a fact that NO EFFORT is being made to follow the recommended guidelines by some if not all of the districts. I think all parents should demand to see where their children are being kept and what procedures are in place. Don’t take their word for it but drop in and demand to see it in action.

  3. The “experts” and politicians will NEVER let go of your children. They are being indoctrinated into the new ABNORMAL, where “experts” and politicians rule every aspect of your life. Your kids are doomed!

    1. Stupid statements like yours are perfect examples of why we need regulations to protect the rest of the population. We need to help ensure survival of the smartest.

  4. “Ultimately, parents are encouraged to use their best judgement when it comes to kids and mask-wearing.”
    And therein lies the problem. Too many people don’t understand that kids who have no symptoms can still easily spread the virus to others, so they can become infected at school and bring it home to their parents and grandparents. That’s why they need to wear masks whenever possible.

        1. All the family members do not care or are not at risk. We already had the Rona and so we are good. Second round does not scare us as the first round was nothing to write home about. I was surprised I even tested positive.

          1. Then you and your family are very fortunate! If you all seem OK, then you probably have nothing to fear. But those who have not had it could still catch it and could possibly die if they have underlying conditions. No one knows until they get it…

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