How to Make Wearing a Mask More Comfortable for Kids

Tricks to make wearing a mask easier for little ones.

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August 14, 2020
By: Amanda Mushro

Photo By: Juanmonino

The Perfect Mask Additions

Part of our new normal is wearing a face mask. However, getting younger kids to wear a mask for an extended period of time, and actually keep their mask on properly, can be tricky. Luckily, there are a few products and tricks for making wearing a mask easier for your kids. Here are a few of our favorite hacks.

Headband with a Button

Wearing a mask all day can make your kiddo’s ears start to hurt but, with a little button attached to a headband, your kids can say bye-bye to pain. While you can DIY this product yourself, you can also grab a few online.

BUY IT: Etsy, $5

For Sensitive Skin

For some kids, wearing a mask can dry out their skin. The trick to stop this is applying a gentle moisturizer before and after wearing the mask. Try the Everywhere Balm from Hello Bello because it’s made with organic coconut, chamomile and tamanu oils. So, the lotion will soothe dry, sensitive skin and make mask wearing a breeze.

BUY IT: Hello Bello, $8

Neck Gaiter

If a face mask just isn’t working for your child, try a neck gaiter instead. They offer protection, comfort and this brand even has built in UV protection. Plus, they come in lots of colors for your kids to choose from.

BUY IT: Amazon, $14

Mask Lanyard

Worried your kids will lose their mask at school? With this lanyard, kids can easily pull their mask down to eat a snack or get a drink and then pull it back up without ever having to fully take the mask off. Plus, these masks have a breakaway safety device that is perfect for younger kids.

BUY IT: Amazon, $10

Anti Fog Drops for Glasses

If your little one wears glasses and is frustrated when their lenses fog up, we are right there with them. These drops will help prevent fogging and you’ll only need to apply the treatment once to last the day.

BUY IT: Amazon, $16-$29

DIY Mask

Encouraging your kids to wear their mask may be as simple as letting them put their own personal style on it. These coloring face masks are perfect for letting your kids get crafty and showing off their personality.

BUY IT: Etsy, $20+

Mask Ear Adjuster

For younger kids, the problem with masks is finding one that fits well. These mask ear adjuster beads allow you to make the loops the perfect size for your little one. Just slide the beads on and adjust.

BUY IT: Amazon, $9

Mask Extenders

Wearing a mask at school or a daycare all day can get uncomfortable. So, these mask extenders help to take some of the pressure off their ears. Just attach the ear loops to the extenders and wrap it around the back of their neck. This set is sized for kids and comes in plenty of fun colors.

BUY IT: Amazon, $9

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