Pediatric Infectious Diseases Services
- Certain infections are often beyond the scope of a general pediatrician and family practitioner. Your child may require specialized testing and/or treatment that are best coordinated by an infectious diseases specialist.
- Our pediatric infectious diseases doctors may see your child in the hospital (inpatient services) or in their office (outpatient services). We are consulted by the doctor caring for your child in the hospital or in the office
- Our treatment starts with a thorough physical examination of your child and a detailed medical history obtained from you and (if possible) from your child.
- We will use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to identify the type infectious disease your child may have so that effective treatment can be instituted as quickly as possible.
- Certain antibiotics that are given to adults are unsafe and inappropriate in children. Our pediatric infectious diseases doctors are trained in the use of appropriate treatment and testing for children.
- Our physicians keep current on the latest research to provide evidence based practice combined with years of experience
- When needed, we offer follow up care in our office after your child is discharged from the hospital. If your child needs prolonged antimicrobial therapy at home after leaving the hospital, our infectious diseases specialist will coordinate this care with your child’s primary care physician and the home health agency.
- We understand that having your child referred to a specialist can be stressful for you, the parent. We strive to provide an open, welcoming environment. We believe that no one knows a child better than his/her parents. We coordinate and communicate with the parents, pediatricians or family physicians, other specialists and nurses to provide the best care your child can receive.
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Information
If your child has a disease caused by an infectious agent such as bacteria, virus, fungus, parasite, or other rare bug, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist has the experience and qualifications to help your pediatrician diagnose and treat your child. Pediatric infectious diseases specialists treat children from birth through the teen years.
Your child is not just a small adult. Your child’s body is growing and has unique medical needs. Our doctors understand the unique signs, symptoms, treatments, and outcomes associated with infectious diseases in children, which can be quite different from those of adults with such infections.
Your child may be anxious or frightened and may express concerns differently than an adult would. He or she may not be able to answer medical questions, or be patient and cooperative. Our pediatric infectious diseases specialists know how to examine and treat your child in a way that makes him or her feel more relaxed and cooperative.
Furthermore, we understand that addressing the concerns of the parents is often just as important as meeting the needs of the child.
- Infections that are of unclear cause, have prolonged fever, or are recurrent
- Respiratory infections, such as pneumonia, bronchiolitis and croup.
- Complicated otitis, sinusitis, and pharyngitis
- Lymphadenitis and parotitis
- Eye infections
- Skin infections, such as boils and cellulitis.
- Intra-abdominal infections, such as diarrhea, peritonitis, abscesses, antibiotic-related colitis and intestinal parasites.
- Meningitis, encephalitis and other intra-cranial infections
- Bone and joints infections
- Spine infections
- Heart infections
- Urinary tract infections
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Sepsis and toxic shock syndrome
- Congenital, perinatal and neonatal infections
- Malaria, Toxoplasmosis, and other parasitic diseases
- Bacterial infections , such as Staphylococcus (including MRSA), Streptococcus (including necrotizing fasciitis), E. coli, Pertussis or whooping cough, tuberculosis, cat scratch disease, Lyme disease, anthrax, cholera and Legionnaire’s disease.
- Viral infections, such as HIV, influenza, Herpes, chickenpox, shingles, hepatitis, infectious mononucleosis, cytomegalovirus and Dengue fever.
- Tick-borne infections
- Kawasaki syndrome
- Wound and burn infections
- Human and animal bites infections.
- Infections related to animal exposure
- Infections in immuno-compromised and cancer patients
- Infections due to antibiotic resistant bacteria
- Hospital-associated infections
- Device-related infections.
- Day care-related infections.
- International travel-related infections
- Treatment and prevention of bioterrorism-related infections.
- Home IV antibiotics management
- Infectious diseases evaluation of internationally adopted children
- Infectious diseases laboratory diagnosis advice
- Advice on vaccines and antibiotics indication, administration and side effects.