Students also return to schools in other cities, includingHouston, whose steamy climate, large number of international travelers and hefty mosquito population increase the risk of Zika. Zika poses the greatest risk to pregnant women, whosefetuses can develop severe brain damage and other birth defects. Like adults, most children infected with Zika never realize it.
Q. How can parents keep children from getting infected?
A. Parents can dress their children in light-weight pants and long sleeves, although youngsters in hot climates may protest, said Claire McCarthy, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
Spraying children with insect repellent that contains up to 30% DEET also helps, McCarthy said. Spraying arms, legs or other exposed skin in the morning should protect a child all day, Brown said.
Parents can spray children's clothing with an insecticide that contains the chemical permethrin, although they shouldn't spray that chemical directly onto skin, McCarthy said.
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