Parents shouldn’t buy face masks for children under three because they can cause choking and suffocation, Public Health England warns.
The public health organization made the announcement on the eve of the fact that facial covers were required in stores across the UK.
It made the switch after it was aware that masks and covers are sold for young people.
Professor Viv Bennett, head nurse at the service, said: ‘PHE has been informed that face covers for babies and very young children are available in England.
‘The guidance is clear that children under three years old should not wear face covers or masks.
These masks should not be used because they are potentially dangerous and can cause choking and asphyxiation.
“If you or your child are unwell with the symptoms of Covid-19, you should have a test and stay at home until you get the result.”
Parents shouldn’t buy face masks for children under three because they can cause choking and suffocation, Public Health England warns (photo)
Government advice states that any child who cannot remove the masks on their own should not wear face cover.
It is important that the masks do not make it difficult for the child to breathe and it is safe for them.
Doctors have previously said that masks make breathing in and out more difficult for children under two years of age, as they have smaller airways, which can lead to suffocation.
The NHS also warns that babies are at risk of getting entangled, especially if they try to remove a mask, which can potentially cause serious injury.
Some stores like the Disney Store sell face masks that are specifically aimed at children
It comes nine days after health secretary Matt Hancock said on July 14 that wearing a face mask in stores and supermarkets will be mandatory from tomorrow July 24, and anyone who does not abide a fine of up to £ 100.
Children under 11 are exempt from the rules.
Under new rules released today by the Department of Health and Social Care, locations such as restaurants, pubs, and gyms are exempt from the rules.
However, there was confusion when the government announced that face masks should be worn to pick up takeaway food, but they shouldn’t be worn if someone is in a restaurant offering takeaways.
What are the new rules for face masks in England?
You must already wear a face mask on:
- Public transport (since June 15)
You must wear them from tomorrow in:
- All stores
- Coffee shops (if you get takeaway)
- Restaurants (if you get takeaway)
You don’t have to wear one in:
- Restaurants (if you eat in)
- Open spaces
The DHSC said, “It is mandatory to wear a face cover when buying food and drink to collect from cafes and shops.
“If you are in a place where you can sit down and consume any food or drink that you have purchased, you can remove your face covering to eat and drink on the spot.”
Facial coverings should be worn in shops, supermarkets, covered shopping centers and transport hubs – such as train stations and airports.
Matt Hancock said, “As we move into the next phase of easing restrictions on the public, it is vital that we continue to shop safely so that we can take full advantage of our fantastic retail this summer.
“Everyone should play their part in fighting this virus by following these new guidelines. I also want to thank the British public for all the sacrifices they make to protect this country. ‘
In addition to shops and supermarkets, face coverings must be worn at banks, construction associations and post offices. Wearing face cover is not required in other locations where measures have been taken to protect personnel and the public from COVID-19. These include:
- Eateries and pubs;
- Hairdressers and other salons
- Gyms and recreation centers
- Cinemas, concert halls and theaters;
For transport hubs in England, the requirements require that face covers must be worn in indoor train stations and terminals, airports, seaports and indoor bus and coach stations or terminals.
Anyone who does not abide by the rules – and is not exempted under any of the categories laid down in the rules – can be fined by the police up to £ 100, as is currently the case on public transport.
The police have been very clear throughout the pandemic that they will “act as a last resort, explain, encourage, and finally enforce.”
Wearing a face cover is not mandatory in locations such as:
- Hairdressers and close contacts
- Eat-in restaurants, cafes and pubs. Face covers are required in cafes or takeaways that do not provide table service, except in designated seating areas.
- Entertainment venues, including cinemas, concert halls and theaters
- Attractions for visitors (such as heritage sites or museums)
- Gyms and recreation centers
- Dentists or opticians. But NHS guidelines state that facial covers should be worn in hospitals
You don’t have to wear face cover if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes (but is not limited to):
- Young children under 11 (Public Health England does not recommend face covers for children under 3 for health and safety reasons)
- Not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering due to a physical or mental illness or disability, or disability
- If you put on a face cover, you wear or remove serious problems
- If you travel with or provide assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
- To avoid injury or injury, or the risk of injury or injury, to yourself or others
- To avoid injury or to avoid a risk of damage, and you are not carrying face cover
- Eating or drinking if reasonably necessary
- To take medicines
- If prompted by a police officer or other officer, remove your face covering
There are also scenarios in which you may remove a face covering when prompted:
- If requested for identification at a bank, construction association or post office
- When asked by store staff for identification, the purpose of assessing health recommendations, such as a pharmacist, or for identification purposes, including when purchasing products with an age restriction such as alcohol
- When talking to people who rely on lip reading, facial expressions, and clear sound. Some may ask you, verbally or in writing, to remove a cover to facilitate communication
Last week, ministers caused chaos with a series of contradictory statements and actions regarding facial cover-ups.
For example, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and International Trade Minister Liz Truss were depicted wearing masks at a Pret a Manger in Westminster – while Michael Gove was photographed in the sandwich shop without a photo.
Then, last Wednesday morning, Matt Hancock announced that coverings would be mandatory in sandwich shops like Pret a Manger.
The reaction sparked anger at London’s Mayor, Mr. Khan, who tweeted, “This is downright ridiculous. The virus does not know whether you are in a takeaway or a supermarket.
“The government is risking public health to cover the back of a minister. Wear a face covering in all stores and takeaways. ‘
Gove eventually fell in step by wearing a NHS brand face cover in Whitehall – after creating a furore by publicly stating that he didn’t think they would be required by law, and without being seen in a sandwich shop .
Last Wednesday, the health secretary was contradicted by Downing Street when the prime minister’s spokesperson stressed that this was not the case.
It was subsequently challenged by officials from the Department of Health, who confirmed that masks would be mandatory from July 24, in line with all other stores.
The next day, company secretary Alok Sharma told Sky News that masks would not be necessary when buying food to take away. “It won’t be mandatory, but we would certainly encourage it,” he said.
Further rules will come into force tomorrow and more companies such as swimming pools, water parks and gyms will reopen.