Pediatric Infectious Disease
The board-certified pediatric infectious disease physicians at KIDZ Medical Services (KIDZ) specialize in the medical care of newborns, children, and adolescents with an infection caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, or other rare bugs.
Certain infections are often beyond the scope of a general pediatrician and family practitioner. Your child may require specialized testing and treatment that are best coordinated by an infectious disease specialist. Our pediatric infectious disease doctors have the experience and qualifications to help your pediatrician diagnose and treat your child.
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 similar infections. Pediatric infectious diseases specialists treat children from birth through the teen years.
Common Pediatric Infectious Diseases
- 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 intracranial infections
- Bone and joint 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
- Infections from human and animal bites
- Infections related to animal exposure
- Infections in immunocompromised and cancer patients
- Infections due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria
- Hospital-associated infections
- Device-related infections
- Day care-related infections
- International travel-related infections
- Bioterrorism-related infections
Our pediatric infectious disease doctors may see your child in the hospital or in their office. We are consulted by the doctor caring for your child in the hospital or in the office.
Your child may be anxious or frightened and may express concerns differently than an adult would. He or she may be unable 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 healthcare needs of the child.
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 use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to identify the type of 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 for children. Our pediatric infectious disease 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.
We also offer:
- 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
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 disease 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 as a parent. We strive to provide an open, welcoming environment. We believe that no one knows a child better than his or her parents. We coordinate and communicate with the parents, pediatrician or family physician, other specialists, and nurses to provide the best care possible for your child.
Contact Our Pediatric Infectious Disease Doctors Today!
If your pediatrician or family doctor recommends that your child see an infectious disease specialist, trust the experts at KIDZ Medical Services. Call to make an appointment with one of our pediatric infectious disease doctors or request an appointment online.