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Information last updated 17 November 2022
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Explaining PPE for Kids

PPE for kids feature

Visiting a health service can be scary, especially when there’s lots of people covered head to toe in Personal Protective Equipment or PPE.

So what is PPE?

PPE helps keep everyone safe from getting sick. It works like a shield stopping germs and viruses jumping from person to person.

No matter what the person looking after you is wearing, remember we all wear a smile underneath!

Watch this video we’ve made just for kids to understand how PPE works.

Information for healthcare professionals

Research into children’s experiences of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic found that creating child friendly resources around PPE helps to allay their fears about the current, challenging world we are living in.

That’s why the Women’s and Children’s Health Network has developed a new resource to help normalise what PPE is for kids.

The video “We all wear a smile underneath” uses child friendly animation and hears from children’s own mouths what they think PPE is, to demystify this essential equipment in an accessible way.

We encourage all health professionals to share this video with children attending appointments or scheduled for a procedure where you are likely to be wearing PPE.


These promotional resources are free to download and use in your own healthcare setting or educational environment.

To request additional resources, contact