Withand the omicron variant continuing to spread, you're likely seeking the most protective mask options for your little ones. There are no masks for kids officially rated N95 by a U.S. government agency, so be wary of any mask claiming to be an N95 for children. That said, there are N95-style masks available for little ones — that is, children's masks that claim to meet the same filtration standard as , even if they don't carry the official label of N95. These masks are typically designated KN95 or KF94.
The CDC recommends that children over the age of 2 wear a mask in indoor public places, and in areas of substantial or high transmission of COVID, which is nearly everywhere these days. As of January 2022, only children ages 5 and up are eligible to get vaccinated, and are being hospitalized with COVID amid the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant.
If you're seeking children's masks that may offer more protection than cloth, check out the N95-inspired models in kids' sizes below. While their filtration claims haven't been verified by NIOSH — the federal agency that approves N95 brands — they're worth a try if you're seeking models that have adjustable nose bridges and a close fit to the face, as N95s do. (It's important that any mask you or your children use fits properly, forming a tight seal with your face.)
For information on where to purchase N95 masks for yourself and the Biden administration's free mask program, check out. Also be sure to check out our guide on .
Happy Life kids KF94 (20 pack)
These masks, with four layers, come individually packaged, are made of an eco-friendly material, and claim to meet Korea's KF94 standard (94% filtration efficiency). Reviewers recommend this size for older children.
AirPop kids reusable face mask (4 pack)
These masks are made with a soft foam that fits across your child's nose. The design prevents eyewear fogging and keeps the mask from touching the face for easier breathing. The dyes and prints used for these masks are skin-friendly and hypoallergenic for young skin.
BACK IN STOCK: WellBefore KN95 kids masks
These individually wrapped face masks are $1.49 each, or $1.19 each when you sign up for a regularly weekly shipment. They're made of five layers (for kids for ages 5 to 12), or four layers (for ages 2 to 4). Their earloops are adjustable, and they have a moisture-wicking inner layer. Find them in three sizes for kids.
Powecom kids KN95-SM respirator mask (10 pack)
This multi-layer, breathable KN95 mask can be purchased in a 10 pack (or more). Quantity discounts are availabile.
Happy Masks Pro
This five-layer mask is lightweight and breathable. Its design leaves room around the nose and mouth for comfort, and its ear straps are adjustable. This mask can be washed up to 50 times. Pre-order now to receive your mask in mid-February.
Brookwood Medical kids disposable face masks (30 pack)
Choose from all sorts of kid-friendly prints in this disposable, four-layer face mask. Brookwood Medical is currently taking preorders to be shipped the week of Jan. 24. The mask's design prevents gaping and it won't cling to their mouths.
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