Symptoms of infectious diseases in children are often very different from those seen in adults. That’s why our team of board-certified pediatric infectious disease specialists at Nemours is here to help figure out what’s going on. We know the unique signs and symptoms of even the most complex infectious diseases in children. And we know it can be stressful when you’re trying to figure out what’s going on with your child. So we want to see you and get the answers you need as soon as possible.
Experts in Kids’ Infections
Conditions We Treat
Caused by microorganisms like bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites, infectious diseases in children can cause discomfort, headaches, itchy rashes and/or fevers. Depending on the disease, infectious diseases can also cause serious complications, particularly when a child’s immune system is affected by certain medications, a recent surgery, an illness or a chronic medical condition.
We see a full spectrum of conditions — far too many to list here. The conditions we treat vary depending upon the location and providers selected. Don’t see a condition listed? Call us.
- bone and joint infections
- cat scratch disease (a bacterial infection from being scratched, licked or bitten by a cat)
- chronic or recurrent infections (infections that are ongoing or keep coming back)
- chronic sinusitis (irritation and swelling of the sinuses)
- diarrhea and gastrointestinal (digestive system) infections
- fever that’s unexplained, chronic (ongoing) or recurrent (keeps coming back)
- encephalitis (a rare brain inflammation caused by a virus)
- hepatitis (an inflammation of the liver, often caused by a virus)
- HIV/AIDS (including exposure before or around the time of birth)
- immunodeficiency (when a part of the immune system is missing or not working properly)
- infections in patients whose immune systems aren’t fully functioning
- infectious mononucleosis (or “mono,” which causes flu-like symptoms)
- Kawasaki disease (an illness involving the skin, mouth and lymph nodes that most often affects young children)
- Lyme disease (the leading tick-borne — carried by ticks — disease in the United States)
- meningitis (an inflammation of the meninges, the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord)
- respiratory (lung) infections (like pneumonia)
- rheumatic fever (can cause inflammation of the heart, joints, skin and brain)
- skin infections (including MRSA, a highly contagious staph bacteria)
- tuberculosis (a highly contagious disease caused by bacteria that mainly affects the lungs)
- unusual bacterial, fungal or viral infections
Services We Offer
Many types of diagnostic testing are available for infectious diseases in children, from blood tests to state-of-the-art medical imaging. We provide evaluations and treatment for both inpatients (children staying at the hospital) and outpatients (kids coming in for appointments).
Why Choose Us
Nemours pediatric infectious diseases specialists offer family-focused care with short waits. We work with a multidisciplinary team of experienced practitioners in microbiology and pathology (lab testing), radiology (imaging), and specialties like allergy and immunology to diagnose and treat even the most complex infectious diseases. We provide compassionate, expert family-centered care that’s backed by advanced research and the newest, most innovative technology available.
Regional Pediatric Infectious Diseases Highlights
Services, programs and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.
We offer pediatric infectious diseases care at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.).
- home IV antibiotic therapy management for patients in Delaware
- travel clinic that provides counseling, immunizations and other preventive care measures to protect kids who are leaving the country from infectious diseases
We offer pediatric infectious diseases care at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando) and select Nemours Children’s Specialty Care satellite locations.
- home IV therapy management services
- specialized treatment and care for children with HIV