Parents have been advised to avoid masking up their babies because their airways are smaller and it might turn fatal.
A pediatric nurse at the Konongo Odumasi Hospital, Efua Sey, gave this caution stressing on the need for parents to protect their kids against the deadly Coronavirus pandemic.
“Parents should never use nose mask for their babies, their airways are smaller than adults and they do not process carbon dioxide as adults do, so breathing behind the mask can be deadly,” she emphasized.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US, “cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.”
She added that parents must do well to keep their wards safe as the impact of the dreaded virus on children can be fatal.
“The disease is a global pandemic and kids are not exempted from it. Parents should desist from taking their children, especially toddlers and infants to public places,” Sey said.
“It is advisable for parents to keep their babies in carriers and place a lightweight breathable carrier over them when they are going out,” the nurse advised.
Sey is among the top-ranking nurses in the Ashanti Akim Central Municipal Hospital and previously won the nurse of the year award in her area.