“Epidemic” babies think only parents have noses and mouths!Does the mask order have disadvantages?

In the wake of the (distant) outbreak in Paris on Feb. 18, wearing a face mask has become one of the precautions taken almost everywhere in the world.Both adults and children are getting used to wearing masks in public.It’s true that wearing masks can help protect people from the virus, but there seems to be little research into the negative effects of this policy, such as: Can wearing masks hinder normal development in children?In a nursery in northern France, a parenting teacher told the media a hilarious story: “A child cried when he saw the teacher without a mask because he thought only his parents had noses and mouths.”It may seem ridiculous, but it also exposes the impact of masks on children.Children born during the pandemic are not like other children. They are born into a world where everyone wears masks.Except for parents and other relatives, they may never see the real face of other adults.So when they see the teacher taking off the mask, they feel very strange and cry.The teacher detailed how the children had changed since the outbreak: “At first, they cried a lot.When we talk to them but don’t call out their names, they don’t know who we’re talking to.””Later, we told them to look us in the eye and if they still didn’t recognize us, we’d go a little further and take the masks off.Now, those babies born during the pandemic are used to it.They think it’s funny when we take the masks off completely.”So the question is: Does living in an environment where adults wear masks affect children’s growth and development?Scientific studies have shown that masks do affect children’s ability to recognize faces and emotions.Just as in adults, wearing masks can interfere with verbal communication.However, experts are divided over whether there will be long-term effects.The first problem is language learning, which happens in the first few years of life.Children learn to speak through social interaction, especially by observing the mouths of adults to distinguish between different phonemes.Since the road was blocked, it seemed reasonable to assume that wearing masks would have adverse effects.”It’s true that when you learn to speak, you look at people’s faces,” DianePaul, of the American society of speech pathologists (ASHA), told AFP.But it’s not the only way.”Children can also learn language through sounds, movements or eyes.Visually impaired people can also learn to speak, and masks are not always worn — they can be removed at home, for example.”There are no studies showing that interaction between children and adults wearing masks has long-term effects on language learning,” experts said.Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said, “Limited data does not provide clear evidence that mask wearing impairs children’s emotional and language development.”As a result, she recommends that people wear masks for no more than two years, while the World Health Organization recommends wearing them for five years.The second question is: Will children’s social skills and emotional recognition be affected?’An important effect of wearing masks is that children don’t see smiles,’ says Manfred Spitzer, an expert in cognitive neuroscience at L ‘Universite d’Ulm in Germany.”In educational Settings, there is a lot of hidden communication between teachers and children.Without that kind of communication, teaching is failing.”There are also concerns that children’s social skills will be affected.Many studies have shown that wearing masks can increase the difficulty of recognizing facial expressions and emotions, especially in young children.According to a study published in frontiers in Psychology, children between the ages of three and five are significantly less able to identify emotions.The findings suggest that wearing masks “may” affect children’s “development of social skills and emotional recognition.”In any case, parents need not worry unduly, as from February 21, primary school students and staff will no longer need to wear masks outdoors, and children will slowly get used to it.

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