Zika Virus Information for Parents

Infants and children can be infected with Zika

  • The primary way that infants and children get Zika is through bites of two types of mosquitoes
  • To date, no cases of Zika have been reported from breastfeeding. Because of the benefits of breastfeeding, mothers are encouraged to breastfeed, even in areas where Zika virus is found. 
  • Common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. Symptoms usually resolve within a few days to one week. Most people infected with Zika don’t have symptoms. 
  • There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

What parents can do

  • Prevent mosquito bites.
  • To protect your child from mosquito bites
  • Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs.
  • Cover crib, stroller, and baby carrier with mosquito netting.
  • Do not use insect repellent on babies under 2 months of age.
  • Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol on children younger than 3 years old.
  • In children older than 2 months, do not apply insect r