Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to track
pregnant women with Zika infections, the organization has said
that due to the risks, children — and infants especially —
must be monitored closely after confirmed exposure for
developmental and neurological issues.
report indicates that children affected with Zika will need
multidisciplinary care, particularly since the implications of
the illness may not be apparent for some time.
primary pediatrician will play a critical role in following a
Zika-exposed infant or child, not only to closely monitor
growth and development, but to coordinate care with
specialists such as pediatric ophthalmologists, ear, nose and
throat physicians, and neurologists," says Dr. Vandana
Bhide, an internist and pediatrician at Mayo Clinic’s campus
in Jacksonville, Fla.
important roles of the pediatrician include ensuring timely
vaccinations and blood tests for children as well as
appropriate referrals to intensive physical therapy,
occupational therapy and speech and language therapy for those
youngsters found to have motor and intellectual developmental
delays," she adds.
also can be a valuable support resource for families who
suddenly find themselves caring for a special needs child.