LSCBLocal Safeguarding Children Board Northamptonshire

COVID-19 - Warning against face masks for babies

Parents in Northamptonshire are being warned over dangerous new cute baby face coverings that have begun to appear online promoted as being for babies.

Although the UK Government have made it a compulsory requirement to wear a face mask in all shops and on public transport from Friday 24th July, this does not apply for children under the age of three.

Parents should not purchase or apply a face mask to their baby as this could increase the risk of suffocation.

The Government’s official ‘staying safe outside your home’ guidelines also state ‘face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 3 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly’. The full guidelines can be found on the link below.

Staying Safe Outside Your Home Guidelines

Last updated: 23 September 2020

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