According to the Japan Pediatric Association, parents should not allow children under the age of 2 years to a wear face mask as it makes breathing difficult and increases the risk of stroke in children.
This was made know in a leaflet that was published by the health association to advise parents against making younger children wear a face mask despite world guidelines which require everyone to wear a face mask as a preventive measure against catching the deadly coronavirus.
The leaflet reads: ‘Masks may make it difficult for infants to breathe and increase the risks of heatstroke’.
Due to their narrower air passages, the mask poses a risk of suffocation, especially if a young child vomits behind a mask.
As children have a relatively low risk of contracting coronavirus the Japanese board found that they had no logical reason to face the risks posed by wearing the mask itself.
This piece of information is quite important for countries such as Ghana as some educational experts call for reopening of schools in the country. Wearing of face mask by the school has been considered one of the safest ways of keeping school children from catching the deadly virus.