Pediatric Infectious Disease specialists treat children from birth through adolescence for a wide range of infectious diseases. Our services include:
- Antiviral therapy
- HIV testing and treatment
- Follow-up visits after a patient has been discharged
- Testing for infectious diseases
We also consult with family doctors, other specialists and parents regarding immunizations, foreign travel and issues surrounding international adoptions.
Conditions we treat
Our department treats a wide range of conditions, including:
- Antibiotic-resistant diseases such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
- Hand-foot-and-mouth disease
- Herpes simplex virus (HSV)
- Measles, mumps, and rubella
- Meningococcal infections
- Pediatric HIV/AIDS
- Respiratory syncytial virus
- Viral, bacterial, parasitic, and fungal diseases
- Whooping cough (pertussis)
We perform the following tests:
- The complete blood count, which examines how the red and white blood cells and platelets are functioning. This test helps us determine whether the body is fighting an infection, getting enough oxygen, or clotting effectively.
- The blood chemistry screen, which looks at the levels of a range of electrolytes in the blood to determine whether they are out of balance. Patients suffering from vomiting, diarrhea, kidney problems or diseases such as HIV have electrolyte imbalances.
- The immune function screen, which looks for HIV and its effect on the body by examining white blood cells and HIV's progression in the system.
- The tuberculosis skin test, which is an easy, quick pinprick on the surface of the arm that will show whether a child is carrying tuberculosis, but not necessarily that the child is actively sick.