You may be used to wearing a mask by now, but for many children reentering school, especially those with sensory issues, it can be hard to adjust. Here’s how to help make masks more tolerable.
1. Wash first.
Use hot water with unscented detergent to remove any chemical or packaging smells. You should wash masks daily — or more often if soiled.
2. Then consider the straps.
Experiment with masks that have ear loops and those with straps that go behind the head. Some straps may tug hair or irritate sensitive scalps; placing straps under a ponytail may help (when possible).
You can add a cord lock to make straps tighter. There are also extenders available that convert an ear-loop mask into one that a child is better able to tolerate.
3. If the straps just don’t work …
Sew buttons onto a snug headband or baseball cap to hold the ear loops. You can also find premade versions of this online.
4. Try distracting your kids.
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