To help control the spread of COVID-19, the CDC has recommended that everyone wear masks where possible. However, it can be challenging to convince children to wear face masks. Many parents are now turning to face shields for kids, as this is an excellent option for children who struggle to wear standard face masks. Face shields cover the child’s entire face, making it more challenging for them to touch their nose, mouth, and eyes.
Whenever possible, it is still most beneficial to wear both a face shield and a mask. For children who cannot tolerate masks however, face shields offer an ideal alternative.
The Pros of Face Shields
Kids’ face shields have a range of benefits. Children will often find the design more comfortable than masks, as it does not directly touch the face but rather is secured on the head with headbands. As they are designed from clear material, face shields also make it easier for children to communicate with others, particularly in school settings. Although they are beneficial for anyone, face shields are particularly useful for kids who have learning disorders or special needs, or who are deaf.
Additionally, face shields for kids have the added benefit of creating a barrier over the upper half of the face, thus preventing respiratory droplets from entering the body through the child’s eyes. This is a significant benefit when compared to face masks. Parents are also able to easily wash face shields so their children can wear them again.
The Cons of Face Shields
While face masks serve an important role in protecting both the self and others, face shields only protect the wearer. Face shields sit in front of the face, not snugly against the skin. As such, face shields allow particles to spread more widely when the child does any of the following:
As masks will cover the nose and mouth, they do a better job of preventing the spread of these particles. Kids’ face shields are most effective if the child wears a mask in addition to the face shield.
When Kids Might Use Face Shields
There are several scenarios where a child may use a face shield rather than a mask:
- The child is unable to wear a face mask
- The child is eating
- The child is playing outdoors
- The child has sensory issues
- The child is deaf or hard of hearing
How to Wear a Face Shield
For children who struggle to wear face masks, the CDC recommends wearing a face shield that fully wraps around both sides of the face and extends past the chin. Before putting on their face shield, the child should wash or sanitize their hands. The parent or child should also always clean the face shield between every use, either by wiping it with a disinfectant cloth or cleaning it with water/alcohol. Before the child puts the face shield on, it should be completely dry.
About Printex Transparent Packaging
Face shields for kids are an excellent option to increase child safety, particularly for children who struggle to wear face masks. At Printex Transparent Packaging, we are one of North America’s leading producers of protective face shield splash guards. In just the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were able to ship over 10 million face shields to frontline workers. Currently, the company is one of the largest and lowest cost face shield manufacturers in the country and has produced over 20 million FDS approved face shields. Each of our shields are reusable and easy to clean with rubbing alcohol or skin-safe disinfectant. Our face shields are also FDA-approved under EUA 4132020.
At Printex Transparent Packaging, we manufacture protective face shields that are entirely clear, and we can customize your order by printing your logo on the face shield to promote your school, group or business. Although we offer a pre-existing design, we can easily manufacture face shields to your specifications. Additionally, each of our vented face shields feature vents at the top, allowing heat to escape and resulting in a more comfortable fit.
Our head straps feature the following specifications:
- Adjustable size, Polyethylene (PE) – 16 G. head strap
- Child Head Strap overall dimension: 24.75 x 1.5” (629 x 38mm)
Our face shields are available in the following sizes and materials:
- Child Face Shield Size: 9 x 7.5” (229 x 191mm)
- Clear PET 12 Gauge (300 micron)
World renowned McMaster University Hospital teams up with Printex Transparent Packaging to design a more protective plastic face shieldComments Off on World renowned McMaster University Hospital teams up with Printex Transparent Packaging to design a more protective plastic face shield
BURLINGTON, ON, Feb. 4, 2021 /CNW/ – The Diagnostic imaging team at McMaster University Hospital was concerned about the ultrasound technologists’ lack of protection whilst sitting to the side of patients. Regular Face Shields exposed the sides of their face and neck as the patients were lying down and looking up at them. They wanted a better Face Shield with more protection.
The Ultrasound team at Hamilton Health Sciences’ Hamilton General Hospital developed an extended face shield in partnership with the McMaster Manufacturing and Research Institute and Printex Transparent Packaging for better protection against COVID-19. Left to right: Dr. Michael Colapinto, Radiologist Lead for Ultrasound, and ultrasound technologists Lisa Billone, Kaylana Parente, and Sarah Allred. (CNW Group/Printex Transparent Packaging)
The McMaster Manufacturing and Research Institute (MMRI) set about designing an oversized face shield to protect the chin, neck, and sides of the head. When the prototype was proposed to the Hamilton Health Science (HHS) PPE Task Force for approval, “it turned out that the Anesthesia and Medical Reprocessing team at HHS was interested in similar protection”. This PPE Innovation then became a wonderful example of how groups of experts in their fields can work together to rapidly innovate and manufacture a product.
Brian Herechuk, Director of Quality and Value Improvement at HHS helped get the extended face shield project moving along. “I reached out to one of our vendors, Printex Transparent Packaging, who were already providing standard face shields for us and asked if this was something they would consider producing,” Herechuck explains. “They jumped right on it. They developed a prototype within a day of me sending them the drawings.”
Dave Tassé, Sales Manager at Printex Transparent Packaging, was more than happy to get involved. “I’m a Hamilton guy. My wife works in a nursing home, so this project was really exciting to me,” says Tassé. “At the time we got the request, we were designing a new face shield for children. I noticed we could utilize some innovations from that project and put it into the extended face shield for HHS. I asked Bryan if he liked it, and he said yes. So, we used that innovation, with slight modifications to their design, and brought the second prototype to HHS and that was it. We had a new comfortable, lightweight, extended coverage, clear plastic face shield ready for production.”
Steve Remilli (from MMRI) says this project is a great example of collaboration between various areas of expertise. “This really shone a light on how groups of experts in their fields can work together very quickly. Everything came together so naturally.”
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