Table of contents:
- The protective effect of anti-virus masks questioned
- Children, should they wear a protective mask?
- DIY protective mask for children: easy and detailed tutorial
- Maintenance and disinfection of the anti-virus mask
- How-to videos to create an ideal DIY mask
Video: DIY Protective Mask For Children + Videos
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the world with all its might. Given its extremely contagious nature, protecting ourselves from the coronavirus and limiting the risks of contamination has become a priority for each of us. And in this context, some of the measures recommended by health professionals and the government are constantly changing. One of them is DIY anti-virus masks that have literally taken over social media. And although many scientists doubt their protective effectiveness, people across the world wear them with pride showing off playful, colorful and trendy designs. However, one issue preoccupies and worries parents: children,do they have to wear a protective mask and how do you make one yourself? Read on and find all the information you need!
The protective effect of anti-virus masks questioned
Considering the fact that some people do not show any symptoms of coronavirus but can nevertheless transmit it, the authorities have recommended that citizens wear a protective mask in order to limit and slow the spread of the coronavirus. What is more, in some countries like Ukraine and Morocco, leaving your home with a mask is already compulsory.
These much needed preventative measures have sparked the imaginations of many creative and talented people around the world who have set out to make protective masks to help in the fight against the pandemic and the shortage of protective equipment. individual. Donations of medical devices intended for health professionals and other people engaged in the fight against the coronavirus, have therefore increased. But scientists doubt the effectiveness of DIY barrier masks.
So, according to the rules of the European Union, a respiratory protection mask must consist of three layers, with a filter layer in the middle. However, the majority of DIY anti-virus masks are made from a single layer of fabric and without a filter and cannot replace a standard mask. It is true that they are able to filter out large particles such as pollen and dust, but this does not apply to viruses which are microorganisms. So these masks cannot protect us from COVID-19. But in the end, wearing a DIY mask is better than nothing.
According to psychologists elsewhere, a protective mask creates a false sense of security in wearers, which helps them overcome fear and anxiety caused by the coronavirus. But what do specialists say about masks and small children? Decryption in the following paragraphs.
Children, should they wear a protective mask?
Children over 2-3 years old can wear a protective mask. This means that toddlers and babies are not allowed to wear a homemade virus mask since there is a risk of suffocation especially in babies. As a general rule, anyone who has difficulty breathing, is unconscious or unable to remove the mask without assistance, should not wear one.
Here are some tips to remember to protect your little one:
- Observe the basic rules of hygiene: wash your hands very frequently with soap and water or a hydroalcoholic solution for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid social exposure and public contact at all costs.
- Frequently disinfect frequently touched surfaces: handles, switches, electronic devices.
- Teach older children to stop touching their face.
As for older children, it is recommended that they wear a protective mask that fits well on their faces, is not too tight, includes a few layers of fabric, and is reusable. This means that you can easily make a DIY anti-virus mask for your child. Since it is often difficult to get toddlers to wear such a protective device, we advise you to be creative and choose a fabric that they like. Go for playful and colorful patterns according to their interests. For example, flowers and butterflies for girls and cars for boys. And now, it's time for the detailed tutorial as well as some explanatory videos!
DIY protective mask for children: easy and detailed tutorial
To create such a protective mask, you will need a 100% cotton fabric and a few other materials which we are going to mention below. This model also has a pocket for a filter, should you wish to use one. For your information, there is a wide variety of filters on the market but it's up to you to choose the one that's right for you. And here is the list of necessary equipment:
- Cotton fabric with patterns of your choice
- 2 rubber bands about 12-15 cm long
- Needle and thread
- Filter (optional)
Notice above two printable patterns that you will need to create a protective mask for your child. As you can see, it is suitable for children under 5 years old (SMALL) and those aged 5-9 years old (LARGE). If your toddler is smaller, just remove the LARGE part and use the patterns.
First take the fabric and cut a piece using the FRONT pattern to create the outer layer of the protective mask. Then cut two pieces using the pattern nicknamed BACK to shape the inner layers. Fold them in half lengthwise. Then, pin them on the upper part and the lower part of the right side of the first cut part (see second example above). Pin and sew all around the mask. Cut corners, flip and press.
Then create the pocket for the elastic by sewing about 1 cm from the edge. Do the same with the other side. Thread the elastic through the needle and insert the needle through the pocket as shown in the images above.
Tie the ends of the thread in a knot. Tighten the elastic and sew around so that the protective mask can be pleated. Repeat with the other elastic and you're done.
Maintenance and disinfection of the anti-virus mask
A reusable protective mask requires maintenance and mandatory disinfection. As a bonus, never position an anti-virus mask with unwashed or non-disinfected hands. Such a reusable protective device should be washed at 90 ° in the washing machine. Never wash the mask together with clothing or bedding.
If you are using a DIY mask with filter, discard the filter immediately after removing the mask. Do not wash the mask with the filter. Once the mask is washed and dried, iron it, insert a new filter and reuse!
How-to videos to create an ideal DIY mask
Here is the first detailed video where you can follow the instructions more closely. Be creative and choose a colorful and playful fabric that your child will enjoy. On the filter side, several variants are available on online stores. We recommend that you do a little research and choose the product that best suits your needs. For your information, Hepa filters are the most widely used in the manufacture of filter masks at home.
Other materials needed are: 100% cotton fabric, two elastics, thread and needle, scissors, ruler, chenille thread, iron and sewing machine.
The second video offers you two variants: a protective mask for children under 10 years old and for those over 10 years old. Moreover, why not opt for a fabric with tropical patterns to liven up the monotonous daily life?
The following protective mask is for children aged 3 to 5 years. Look carefully at the instructions and sew a playful and enviable mask!
And finally, a protective mask for children aged 6 to 9! Moreover, children over 10 years old can wear adult masks.