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Fox 4: Expert tips on helping your child learn to wear a face mask

By Jessica Eley

Parents are gearing up to possibly send their kids back to school with face coverings. 

Doctors at Children’s Mercy have a few tips for parents.

“You want to associate with something they already know. So for example, small children, you might say, ‘We wear a mask to keep other people healthy the way we cover our mouth when we cough,'” Children’s Mercy clinical psychologist Gail Robertson said.

Robertson said the transition to masks can be smooth. She suggested practicing wearing a mask at home.

“Older kids, they eventually have to learn to wear shoes and clothes and all sorts of things that are not necessarily very comfortable. Kids can learn how to do that,” Robertson said.

Robertson also said parents should lead by example. It’ll help ease their children’s fears.

 

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