Prof Nicholas Freezer (MD FRACP), Medical Director at Monash Children’s Hospital, said that the smaller size of children’s airways could make it more difficult for them to breath if they have a face covering on.
“Babies have very small airways – having any sort of face covering makes it difficult for them to inhale and exhale, which can lead to suffocation.”
“Infants are not able to alert an adult if they are having trouble breathing while wearing a mask, which also increases the risk”, said Prof Nicholas Freezer.
Melanie Courtney, CEO of Kidsafe Victoria, highlighted that face coverings could also pose a strangulation risk for infants.
“Items such as cords, drawstrings and chains can pose a strangulation hazard for babies. In the case of face coverings, children may become tangled in the coverings or their straps, especially if they are trying to take them off, which could pose a strangulation hazard”, said Mrs Courtney.
Further information and advice on the requirement for face coverings is available on the DHHS website.
Melanie Courtney, CEO, Kidsafe Victoria – Mobile:
Monash Health Media and Communications, Valbona Alimi – Mobile: 0429 664 385
For more information on face coverings, please refer to the DHHS website.
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