It appears that some face coverings are being described as ‘baby masks’ or ‘cute masks’ and there have been concerns over the safety of them.
Trading Standards (Lancashire) have not had any reports of the baby face coverings or the dummy face coverings being offered for sale in Lancashire. However, they did find an online seller of ‘baby masks’ based in London. This has been referred to the relevant London borough. lancs.live/news/lancashire-news/lancashire-midwives-parents-issue-stark-18619736
There has been advice against the use of baby masks or face coverings on babies and young children.
The advice against the use of these ‘baby masks’ have been backed by:
The Lullaby Trust, which raises awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies, who has urged parents to avoid using face masks on babies. They said: “We are not aware of any advice for babies to wear masks, whether they are infected or not. There is a potential risk of suffocation and other hazards with doing this”.
The Government’s official ‘staying safe outside your home’ guidelines also state: “Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 3 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly”