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Masks too dangerous for children under two, Japan medical group says

May 26, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
TOKYO: Children under the age of two shouldn't wear masks because they can make breathing difficult and increase the risk of choking, a Japan medical group said, launching an urgent appeal to parents as the country reopens from the coronavirus crisis.

The Japan Pediatric Association has warned parents that masks are too risky for infants.

"Masks can make breathing difficult because infants have narrow air passages," which increases the burden on their hearts, the association said, adding that masks also raise the risk of heat stroke for them.

"Let's stop the use of masks for children under 2 years old," the association said in a notice on its website.

The US Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics also say children under the age of two should not wear cloth face coverings.