Masking for School-Age Children With Epilepsy: We Do Have Consensus!

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Introduction: This study was designed to assess current recommendations from child neurologists and epileptologists on masking for school-age children with epilepsy. Methods: A 7-item survey was created and sent out to members of the Child Neurology Society and Pediatric Epilepsy Research Consortium in August of 2021 to assess current practice and provider recommendations on masking. Results: One hundred four individuals participated with representation from all regions of the United States. Masking was recommended by 95.1%, with 63.4% (n = 66) noting exception of those with severe intellectual disability, autism, and behavioral problems. Of those who write exemption letters, 54% write these <5% of the time. Only 3% reported potential adverse events associated with masking. Conclusion: Nearly all respondents recommended masking for school-age children with epilepsy. Potential risks of masking and adverse events were low. Improved guidance on masking is needed to ensure academic success of our patients with epilepsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-132
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of child neurology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2022


  • COVID-19
  • children
  • epilepsy
  • masking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


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