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What is a pediatric infectious disease specialist?

Pediatric infectious disease specialists treat children with uncommon or serious infections. These can be infections that are difficult to identify, are hard to treat, or are complicating another condition like prematurity or cancer. We also care for children with compromised immune systems.

If your pediatrician thinks your child has a complicated infection, he or she may refer you to the pediatric infectious disease team at McLane Children's Scott & White.

What does a pediatric infectious disease specialist treat?

Our doctors treat difficult infections and rare infectious diseases. We also coordinate care for children with weakened immune systems. We treat:

  • Unusual infections (These conditions are usually identified by the presence of a fever that lasts unusually long or a set of symptoms that are not commonly found together.)
  • Immunocompromised children (Children with cancer, primary immune deficiency disorders, or HIV/AIDS and premature babies have weakened immune systems. This makes them more likely to catch common germs and makes even simple conditions, like a cold, potentially serious illnesses. Our infectious disease team coordinates care for these children to help them avoid or control infection and to treat their illness as early as possible.)
  • Drug-resistant infections (Our team coordinates care for kids who’ve contracted drug-resistant infections, including community-acquired methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus [MRSA].)
  • Antibiotic/antimicrobial-resistant diseases
  • Surgical infections and trauma-related infections

Other services

We also offer the following services:

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