You’ve probably seen adults wearing lab coats while they are working in a hospital or doctor’s office. Some wear them while they are in a lab or while teaching a chemistry or biology course in school. Children can also wear lab coats, but they often have fun designs on them, such as cartoon characters or animals. They cover most of the body to protect the clothing and the skin. Some children might wear kids lab coats for Halloween so that they can look like a doctor or nurse while others might wear one to school to give an example of what a parent does for a job.
One of the main reasons to wear a lab coat is protection. While children might not be using chemicals or items that are dangerous, they might want to protect their clothing when they are painting or helping cook in the kitchen. The coat will keep liquids from staining the clothes and make them feel like they are professional instead of simply playing or doing a chore for parents.
There are times when children might need to stay in the hospital because they are sick or they have had surgery. A lab coat can help prevent the spread of germs that could make children sicker. Adding a mask can further decrease the spread of germs that are sometimes found in hospitals and doctor’s offices. The coat can also be used if the child is visiting a friend or family member in the hospital, protecting against taking home germs and bacteria if the coat is thrown away before going home as some are disposable.
Older children might take classes in school that deal with some liquids that could damage the skin or clothing. A lab coat, goggles, gloves and a mask can help prevent these liquids from splashing on the skin or the clothing. Most lab coats are now made with materials, such as cotton, that won’t melt if they are on fire. This will help protect the child if they are in that kind of situation as some clothing will melt to the skin.