Frightening fevers, bacterial infections, travel-related illnesses, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases can be especially devastating when the patient is a child. The pediatric specialists at Children's Health℠ are here to help.
Why Children's Health℠?
At Children’s Health, members of the Infectious Disease Team are not only experts in diagnosing, treating, and managing infectious diseases in the youngest patients, they’re experts in helping families live their lives fully - in spite of the illness.
Experts in Infectious Diseases
The infectious disease physicians at Children's Health have been recognized internationally for landmark research, including dosing of antimicrobial agents in newborns, bacterial meningitis in infants and children, treatment of bone and joint infections in children, prevention and treatment of infections in newborns, prevention of healthcare-associated infections, and delineation of the pathogenesis of bronchiolitis and pneumonia. Members of the medical staff are chief editors of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.
Protecting Your Family
While proper vaccinations, good hygiene and other practices offer a strong defense against many infectious diseases, the fact is that children are at greater risk of infection than most adults. For one thing, their immune systems are still developing; for another, well, kids are kids – and they’re more likely to be exposed to things that can harbor bacteria and viruses that can make them ill.
Work with your pediatrician to do all you can to protect your children and your family from dangerous infectious diseases. Remember, vaccinations and careful health and hygiene habits not only reduce the chance of contracting an infection, they also help prevent the spread of disease.
The medical staff's handbook, Dosing of Antimicrobial Agents in Pediatrics, is distributed widely throughout the United States and other countries. The handbook was written in 1975 and is updated every two years. Physicians on the medical staff hold leadership positions on various national policy-making committees. Physicians of the infectious diseases attending medical staff chair the hospital's medical staff Infection Control Committee and membership on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
At Children’s Health, seven attending pediatric infectious disease physicians and six fellows provide coverage 24 hours a day, every day. The specialists also offer medical advice and consultations to other physicians. Those needing medical advice or consultation should call 214-648-3720.
Consultations and treatments are provided in close cooperation with the patient's referring physician. Diagnosis, evaluation and recommended treatment information is provided promptly to the referring physician. The internationally-recognized infectious disease specialists work with pediatric providers throughout Texas and the United States on difficult cases, particularly those involving fevers of unknown origins, bacterial infections, tuberculosis, and travel-related diseases. A written referral from a physician is usually required, and pre-authorization is required by many insurance plans. To find out more about the referral process, please call 214-648-3720.