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Singapore mask designed to protects children

News release
(Singapore, 4 May 2009)  As swine flu (H1N1) continues to spread, young children are at greater risk because of their lungs is still under development and there is a lack of child-friendly respiratory masks. The customisable Totobobo mask offers parents a reassuring solution and is seeing strong demand from around the world.

Totobobo mask fit children with small face size

Totobobo mask fit children of different ages

The patented Totobobo mask was created by product designer Francis Chu to meet the need for children respiratory protection. Made from “Totosoft”, a custom-blend soft plastic formulated using FDA approved sources, the mask is also equipped with two powerful electro-static filters. The mask can be trimmed to fit children as young as five-years-old. Parents can see through the transparent mask and double check if it fits their child snuggly.

For a mask to be effective, it has to fit the face snuggly, so that airborne viruses cannot seep through any gaps. Children wearing adult-sized respiratory masks, whether NIOSH-certified or not would be exposed to contaminated air due to the ill fit.

normal N95 mask does not fit children

normal N95 mask is too big for children

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the USA tests and certifies respiratory devices on the market such as the current standard N95 masks. This test is only conducted on adults. The certification determines the filtration efficiency and does not guarantee how well the masks fit. All NIOSH-certified respiratory masks, such as N95 masks, are fixed sizes and do not come in smaller sizes for children.

In 2003, when SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) first broke out, Francis Chu, a father of two, got first-hand experience of the anxiety of parents concerned about his children’s safety. His children were only six and eight-years-old. At that time and he could not find a mask that would fit their small faces.

“I felt hopeless knowing that my children were in imminent danger if they go into crowded public space like schools or playgrounds and that I could not do anything about it.”
“The sense of threat prompt me into looking for a design solution that will fit all face shapes including children.” explains Francis.

The customisable Totobobo respiratory mask that Francis eventually created, after experimenting with hundreds of prototypes, fits both adult and child. Its soft and light material (only 20grams) makes it less irritable for children who might find it uncomfortable wearing a normal mask.

“I was thinking from a parent’s perspective during the design process and that pushed me harder to make the mask as practical as possible. I am happy to know that with the child-friendly Totobobo mask, parents now have a practical choice to better assured of their children’s safety,” adds Francis.

Time for a better mask to protect children
Parent testimonial

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  • FC 2015-09-25, 6:17 am

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  • Olivio 2013-06-22, 12:05 am

    Could you contact me as I would also like some masks.
    +44-7447 90 40 70.

    Whats the minimum order?

  • Serena 2013-06-21, 1:51 pm

    Can you kindly advise if you still have stock for this mask.

  • Rachel 2013-06-21, 11:44 am

    I want to buy the masks for my kids, as well as adult. May I know how to buy that? I want it in bulk. Thanks.

  • Ang 2013-06-21, 9:12 am

    Do you have stock for N95 mask and totobobo mask

  • Lim Kok Peng 2013-06-20, 1:32 pm

    Just to check, do you all do deliveries? N how much does it cost to do that?

  • info 2009-06-14, 7:46 am

    Retail outlet for Totobobo mask:
    Medic Drug Store
    Tanjoing Pager Plaza, Block 1 #01-26/27

    Openning hour:
    Mon-Fri 8:30am to 7pm,
    Saturday 8:30am to 5pm

  • chan hock swan 2009-05-09, 9:28 am

    Dear Sir/Madam
    We`re interested to take a good look at the wonderful masks that you`ve
    designed before we buy them.
    We`re retired teachers who now and then still come into contact with children.We`re teaching in a hearing-impaired school run by the
    Cannosian sisters.
    Can we buy the masks directly from you since your company is in S`pore?
    Thank you.
    Yours Sincerely

    • info 2009-05-20, 8:02 am

      Hi Chan,
      Totobobo mask is designed and produced in Singapore, but we don’t have an outlet at this moment (we are looking for one). But if you want to buy in bulk please email your request to totobobomask (at) gmail.com