Midwives Issue Warning Over Dangers of Baby Face Masks

by Laura Driver

From Friday, anyone entering a shop in England must wear a face mask - apart from children under the age of 11. However concerned midwifery groups have issued warnings to parents against making their babies use dummies with a mask attached to cover the lower half of their face.

The Pendle Family ZoneFacebook group, which represents ‘Children and Family Wellbeing Services’ in Lancashire, shared a picture of the worrying trend.

They said: “One of ELHT's [East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust] amazing Community Midwives has brought this to our attention, after seeing this promoted as a cute idea for babies. Please, please, please do not do this! Babies are too little to wear a mask, and this design looks like it would increase the risk of suffocation.”

They also quoted The Lullaby Trust - a charity raising awareness of sudden infant death syndrome, who say: "We are not aware of any advice for babies to wear masks, whether they are infected or not. There is potential risk of suffocation and other hazards with doing this”


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Laura Driver

Blogger & Social Media Manager
Laura lives in Yorkshire, UK with her two teenage children. When they were little (and definitely not taller than her) she used to blog avidly about the trials and tribulations of motherhood. Laura is no stranger to all the joys small children can bring; sleepless nights, a random public meltdown or a spectacular poonami. She fondly remembers the time her youngest child rolled across a supermarket carpark in a trolley while she was putting her eldest child in the car and the time her, then, three year old took up swearing at a church event. Laura has worked for Your Baby Club, as a Social Media Manager, since 2014.

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