Zika virus is a disease that is spread through mosquito bites. It is spread by infected Aedes mosquitoes once they first bite an infected person and later bite an uninfected person. The mosquitoes also spread Chikungunya and Dengue viruses. Zika virus can be transmitted from an infected mother to the child during birth or pregnancy and is also transmittable through sex.
Because Zika virus is mainly spread through mosquitoes,and the methods of protecting your kids from the disease will mainly be based on how to prevent your kids from mosquito bites.
Here’s what you should know:
- Requires a medical diagnosis
- Lab tests or imaging often required
- Spreads by animals or insects
- Short-term: resolves within days to weeks
- Consult a doctor for medical advice
Sources: Mayo Clinic
Here are 5 easy ways to protect your kids from Zika virus if you live in an affected area.
1. Use of repellents
As a parent, always use safe mosquito repellents around your home. This keeps the mosquitoes away from your home and therefore ensures and extra added protection for your kids safety.
2. Advising your kids to play indoors
Mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus mainly bite during day time. As a result, it is important for you as a parent to ensure that kids are not allowed to play outside during day time, so as to avoid bites from these mosquitoes.It is also important to avoid unnecessary outdoor activities.
3. Smart travel
Before you travel,make sure that you check the CDCs list of affected countries. If you must travel to the affected areas,make sure that your kids stay in air-conditioned rooms and sleep under mosquito nets.
4. Prepare your home
As a parent, one of the best ways to protect your kids from the Zika virus is to ensure that you drain any stagnant water around you. This is because it serves as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Also cut overgrown grass and flowers,to discourage the mosquitoes from living around your home.
5. Appropriate dressing
Always ensure that your kids are appropriately dressed so that very few parts of their bodies are left exposed. If you live in an area that has been affected, ensure that they wear long sleeved clothes to protect them from mosquito bites.
As a parent,you should visit the following websites to learn more about the Zika virus and how to protect your kids from the virus:
Be sure to share the above info with other parents and stay safe.