Infectious Diseases

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Symptoms of some infectious diseases in children (like a fever that lasts too long) can not only be puzzling to you, but to your child’s primary care doctor, too. Nemours’ team of pediatric specialists is there to help uncover the cause of your child’s symptoms. We create a management plan for all infectious diseases in children, which means we work with your child's doctor to ensure the condition will be well-monitored and managed.

 
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The first sign of infectious diseases in children can be a fever or feeling unwell. However, it might be more severe, longer-lasting, or show unusual symptoms that are confusing to you and your child’s doctor.

Common infectious diseases in children we evaluate:
  • MRSA (a contagious staph bacteria)
  • Chronic or recurrent infections
  • Pediatric HIV/AIDS
  • Perinatal exposure to HIV (that is, exposure to the virus around the time of birth)
  • Unusual bacterial, fungal, or viral infections
  • Unexplained fever
  • Lyme disease
  • Infectious mononucleosis
  • Pneumonia
  • Tuberculosis
  • Bone and joint infections
  • Encephalitis
  • Meningitis
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Rheumatic fever
  • Hepatitis
  • Infections in patients whose immune systems are not fully functioning

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington


1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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For Appointments: (302) 651-4200


 
What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
New Patients

Bring these forms for your first appointment:

Returning Patients
 
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New Patient Forms
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Resources for Patients & Families

Children who are referred to our team will meet with an attending Infectious Disease physician as well as others on the team, who will take a complete medical history and perform a thorough physical exam. Many types of diagnostic testing are available for infectious diseases in children, from blood tests to state-of-the-art medical imaging.

Evaluations for Infectious Diseases in Children

Evaluations for infectious diseases in children at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children are provided on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.

For inpatients, we frequently provide consultations in many other areas of the hospital, including:

  • intensive care units
  • emergency department
  • general pediatrics
  • hematology/oncology
  • surgical units

Consultation for infectious diseases in children are also available on-site at Christiana Care Hospital in Newark, DE, and at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Bryn Mawr, PA.