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Will your 2yo wear a face mask?

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Molocosh Fri 05-Jun-20 20:52:30

The government has said that children aged two and over need to wear face masks. Will your 2yo wear a mask?

A friend posted the government advice and I commented that my toddler won’t even keep his hat, socks or trousers on never mind a mask. Loads of people including the friend piled on and said I’m an inadequate parent and if I can’t make my child wear a mask he shouldn’t be allowed out in public. I’m not looking forward to going out because people have openly admitted that they plan to confront anyone not wearing a mask. One person said their child also has SEN so if she can be persuaded to wear a mask then anyone can. Others liked his post and said that children or people with SEN who won’t wear a mask should be “locked up” to protect everyone else. I really despair if this is people’s attitude and I’m really worried they’re going to get nasty when my DS inevitably won’t keep a mask on.

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molifly14 Fri 05-Jun-20 20:53:50

I have a two year old and I will not be making him them wear one. If we were in hospital then I would as a compulsory measure but if he has to wear one in shops etc then I just won't be taking him into that environment.

He wouldn't understand and he'd hate it, it wouldn't be fair. Two is still so little.

InkogKneeToe Fri 05-Jun-20 20:54:49

I can't even get him to keep a hat on on a sunny day

SomeoneElseEntirelyNow Fri 05-Jun-20 20:55:14

I think unfortunately if your child can't be relied upon to keep a mask on then you're not going to be able to take him into close contact with other people. The park, yes, the shops, no.

Smellbellina Fri 05-Jun-20 20:58:57

What have I missed?? Everyone needs to wear masks now in public places? Since when?!

Smellbellina Fri 05-Jun-20 21:01:13

Apart from on public transport I can’t find announcement about this

LesbianMummies Fri 05-Jun-20 21:02:36

My severely autistic child with sensory issues can’t bear the feel of fabric on his skin most days never mind a mask. He’s shielding anyway so not going anywhere but it’s ridiculous to say that everyone should be expected to. For some it just possible.

MKmummy123 Fri 05-Jun-20 21:04:11

Personally I think this is ridiculous. A 2 year old cannot possibly be expected to wear a mask safely and the evidence suggests that wearing a mask incorrectly (ie if you keep fiddling with it / touching your face / taking it on and off) is worse than not wearing one at all.
I’m sure that in other countries, they are not expecting such young children to wear them.

ToothFairyNemesis Fri 05-Jun-20 21:05:27

@LesbianMummies you child would have a medical exemption. Nobody is saying everyone is expected to wear one.

Myfriendanxiety Fri 05-Jun-20 21:05:56

No chance of getting my 3 year old to wear one. He doesn’t have a diagnosis so wouldn’t be excused, but has sensory issues and there is no chance he would put a face mask on.

OnlyFoolsnMothers Fri 05-Jun-20 21:06:39

Anyone have a source - I thought it was kids 6+

No way is my 3 yr old wearing a mask

SinkGirl Fri 05-Jun-20 21:06:54

My twins have absolutely no chance. They’re 3, both autistic and cannot stand hats, gloves etc. One needs to wear glasses to help the vision he has (he’s also visually impaired) and even though they’d help him to see, he won’t wear them.

Others liked his post and said that children or people with SEN who won’t wear a mask should be “locked up” to protect everyone else.

Disgusting. Do they say the same about those with conditions which mean they can’t receive vaccinations?

My twins haven’t been anywhere other than our house and garden since March and I’m not eager to get them out anywhere, but one has an EEG on Monday as it’s urgent, and there’s no chance of him wearing a mask.

LivingThatLockdownLife Fri 05-Jun-20 21:07:20

DC aged 3 had jabs recently and the protocol was only over 5s wear masks in the GP surgery.

I am pretty sure young children are excluded from the guidance.

Doyoumind Fri 05-Jun-20 21:08:54

Source please. Not seen or heard anything suggesting this.

AllForOneTwo Fri 05-Jun-20 21:09:02

What? When was this announced?

GrumpyHoonMain Fri 05-Jun-20 21:09:20

A 2 yo isn’t going to be walking around unsupervised and so it would be the parent’s responsibility to make sure it is worn and stays on. If that parent doesn’t want to take on that responsibility then they have to stay at home with the child or make childcare arrangements. It really is as simple as that.

Molocosh Fri 05-Jun-20 21:09:59

Nobody is saying everyone is expected to wear one
That’s exactly what people were saying. Individuals, not the government - but a lot of people were supportive of the comment that anyone who won’t wear a mask shouldn’t be allowed out in public. Clearly this is the attitude that some people have.

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AllForOneTwo Fri 05-Jun-20 21:10:54

I will not be making my 2 year old wear a mask.

OnlyFoolsnMothers Fri 05-Jun-20 21:12:38

Molocosh clearly the same crazed loons who think no one should work or go to school until a vaccine is found. Morons who can’t understand statistics or economics.
Don’t even debate with these people just ask them to send you the source.

GiveMeAllTheGin8 Fri 05-Jun-20 21:12:59

Is it mandatory to wear masks now in the uk?! Crazy to expect a 2 year old to wear one. Here it’s over 13 should wear a mask on public transport , shops , somewhere you can’t social distance appropriately.
It’s not mandatory though just recommended

Doyoumind Fri 05-Jun-20 21:14:06

No, it isn't GiveMe.

Coronacoronaprobs Fri 05-Jun-20 21:14:12

Nope mine certainly won’t be wearing one he has asd

AllForOneTwo Fri 05-Jun-20 21:15:03

*Molocosh clearly the same crazed loons who think no one should work or go to school until a vaccine is found. Morons who can’t understand statistics or economics.
Don’t even debate with these people just ask them to send you the source.*

Exactly this

Bol87 Fri 05-Jun-20 21:17:14

My 3 year old took her sun hat off approx 500 times a day over the nice weather we’ve just had. She just won’t keep things on her head! I stuck it back on, wear one myself to model, even explain why now she’s a bit older but nope. She has no additional needs, just fussy!

To me, a mask is more risky for her. As she won’t keep it on and will therefore be touching it constantly!

It’s only for public transport anyway & I don’t plan to take her on any for a while..

ToothFairyNemesis Fri 05-Jun-20 21:20:19

@GiveMeAllTheGin8 it’s Mandatory on public transport from June 15th unless medically exempt or very young child.

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