The Best Breathable Face Masks for Kids -- KN95, Cloth, and Disposable with Nose Wire

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Mid-Winter Break is happening for a lot of schools around the United States beginning Presidents' Day and whether you'll be traveling for vacation or staying local, you'll still need face masks to protect your child. When the kids return back at school, especially if they're in class for in-person learning, they probably need a hefty supply of breathable face masks to protect them from the coronavirus, especially now with the fast-spreading Omicron variant

After a short break from mask mandates last summer, many city and local governments are now requiring people to wear a face covering indoors to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and its now dominant strain, the Omicron variant, which is currently causing a concerning uptick of hospitalizations and infections.

Many retailers offer cloth face masks that are an alternative to true personal protective equipment (PPE), but with the speed Omicron is spreading, a lot of people are trading in their cloth reusable face mask for disposable KN95, KF94 and N95 mask options for better protection.

Certain school districts are updating the mask mandate. Los Angeles Unified School District now requires students to wear "well-fitted, non-cloth masks with a nose wire" indoors and outdoors. Surgical mask or higher-grade mask options are acceptable. These masks would be available to students upon request.

If you're a parent looking for PPE guidelines for your children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone over the age of two wear a face mask while outside of their home. Whether you're dealing with an adult mask or a kids mask, make sure it fits snugly but comfortably against both sides of the face, can be secured with ear loop, adjustable ear loops or ties, includes multiple layers of fabric (most have two or three), and allows for unrestricted breathing.

Browse ET's picks for the best kids face mask options below, including fabric mask and non-cloth mask styles.

Non-Cloth N95, KN95 and KF94 Masks for Kids: 

Upgrade your child's face masks with these FDA approved children's KN95 face masks with better breathability from Bona Fide Masks. 

$13

A 4-layer woven disposable face mask perfect for kids during in-person learning.

$21 AND UP AT AMAZON

Boost up your child's protection with these Vida Kn95 face masks. 

$35

Whether your kids are vaccinated or not, a cloth mask won't have enough filtration efficiency. It's best to swap their reusable mask for something like this KF94 mask from Walmart. 

$21 FOR 50

These kids' KF94 masks have cute patterns on top of four-layer protection. 

$26 FOR A PACK OF 60

Some find the KF94 masks with 94% filtration efficiency to have a more comfortable design than KN95 masks.

$20 AND UP FOR A PACK OF 50

Cloth Masks for Kids:

Save big when you shop this 10-pack of face masks. Each mask is under $1 each.

$18$2 AT MASKC

100% of profits from sales of these kid-designed cotton masks go to New York City's public hospitals via NYC Health + Hospitals.

$25$2 FOR 2 AT UNCOMMON GOODS

These double-layer cotton face masks are designed to fit a child's face and are made in Los Angeles and being restocked daily. You can order individual masks, family four-packs or a "Mommy and me" set.

$12 AND UP AT ETSY

Face masks from Manhattan-based clothing site Rocks Off via Threadless are made in the U.S. and can be washed and reused. They are also reversible, unisex and made with a two-ply cotton poly blend. Kids' masks cost $12, with proceeds going to MedShare to help provide medical supplies and equipment to people in need all over the world.

$12 AT THREADLESS

Each pack of these Sanctuary masks comes with two Dino prints, one camo print, one pink camo print and one baby leopard print. With every mask purchase, the company will provide masks to hospitals and organizations in need (learn more via the brand's Instagram Live). Note that orders may require up to 14 days for fulfillment and shipping.

$25 FOR 5 AT SANCTUARY

This two-pack of Cubcoats kids' face masks, featuring Kali the Kitty and Bori the Bear, are reusable and can be hand washed and dried. They are made with two layers of cotton and elastic ear loops and have a metal nose clip for a protective fit. These masks are recommended for kids age four and up.

$8 AT AMAZON

These adorable washable face masks are crafted with a 3-D face design, adjustable ear straps, and a nose clip for a secure fit.

$30 AT AMAZON

These masks include a stretchy multi-layer fabric exterior, a high performance inner lining and elastic straps. Proceeds from Onzie mask purchases are being donated to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.

$24$10 AT ONZIE

These cute masks are specially designed for kids ages 5-12. Each cloth mask comes with two filters with a five-layer filtration system made of activated carbon, non-woven, and melt-blown filter cloth.

$3 AT ETSY

Choose from doodle-inspired dinosaurs, planets and smiley faces. Vistaprint also offers 10-packs of face mask filters, which are engineered to be used up to 12 hours.

$13 AT VISTAPRINT

These reversible two-layer cotton masks come in assorted packs of five -- they're also available in two-packs and combo packs with kids' sizes.

$55 $35 FOR 5 AT LA MADE

These masks are made with a 97% cotton and 3% Spandex twill fabric and manufactured in downtown Los Angeles. SewCal also makes adult masks, which have a filter pocket.

$9 AT SEWCALMASKS

For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the World Health Organization website.

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