Where To Get Kids' KN95 Masks And Surgical Masks

When cloth masks aren't enough, these child-sized KN95 masks and surgical masks can add protection.
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Parents have had to manage unprecedented levels of stress during the pandemic. Every decision surrounding their family’s safety is fraught and made even more complicated by the ever-shifting messaging surrounding COVID and its variants. Infections have been surging since mid-December, and as a result, health officials are recommending that everyone, including kids, ditch cloth masks in favor of a KN95 mask, the Chinese equivalent of the U.S. N95. The next best bet is a surgical mask, which offers more protection than a cloth mask (and is even more effective if layered under a cloth mask).

You’ve likely seen kids sporting cute cloth masks over the past couple of years, but it’s time to start investing in high-quality masks for kids that offer stronger protection against COVID and its effects.

That said, it’s not always easy to parse through the best and most effective masks for kids. As it stands, the FDA has only approved one medical-level mask for kids, the Kimberly-Clark medical masks. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health only regulates adult masks, but there are some brands that sell NIOSH-approved adult masks that are also making mini versions for kids. Those, along with a few FDA-listed and Korean or Chinese-standard kids’ masks, are worth investigating. (In the U.S., FDA registration or listing does not mean that the device is FDA cleared or approved. It only means that the FDA is aware of the manufacturer and their devices.)

We’ve rounded up a few of the most effective surgical and KN95-level masks for kids. Pick up a few options and then bookmark this page so you can return when it’s time to restock your supply, because shipping times tend to be slow and items sell out quick.

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A pack of kids' KN95 masks with adjustable ear loops
These masks come in multiple colors, including white, green, red, blue, pink and camo green. They're also comfortable for all-day wear, as they have adjustable ear loops and an adjustable nose piece. Each mask comes individually wrapped so you can pack an extra one in your child's backpack.
Bona Fide Masks
A pack of 10 KN95 children's masks
This is a smaller version of a popular adult KN95 mask and features a multi-layer filtration system consisting of non-woven, breathable materials as well as an adjustable nose piece and soft ear loops. It's relatively easy to find online, but to make sure it's the real deal and not counterfeit), buy it directly from theofficial distributor, Bone Fide Masks, below.
A 5-pack of KN95 kids' masks
These masks have breathable layers, double filtration and a flat-front design. They're also made with hypoallergenic and latex-free materials to prevent skin irritation.
Kids KN95 masks that come in a variety of colors
Vida says their kids' mask was tested and confirmed to have particle filtration efficiency greater than 94%. It's got a comfy yet snug fit, five layers of filtration and comes with a pre-paid return label for easy recycling. Vida makes NIOSH-approved masks for adults and also sells masks for kids.

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