Pediatric Infectious Disease


During childhood, colds, the flu and many other infectious diseases seem unavoidable. Close contact with other children (and adults) at school, at play and out in public makes it easy for viruses and bacteria to spread from one person to the next. And it doesn’t take long for your child to become ill.

Most of the time your primary care physician can diagnose and treat common infections. However, there are uncommon and unusual infections, or infections with difficult to interpret symptoms, that may prompt your pediatrician to ask for the assistance of a specialist to help with diagnosis or treatment.

Mercy Kids' specialists diagnose and treat a wide range of infectious diseases, including viruses, bacteria and parasites. Examples include:

  • Congenital viral infections
  • Bacterial infections of the bones, joints, lungs, skin or other site
  • Prenatal infections
  • Tick-borne illnesses
  • Fever of unknown origin

As viruses and bacteria continually change, and resistance to conventional antibiotics increases, many infectious diseases are becoming more challenging to treat. Mercy physicians, nurses and medical staff work closely with patients and each other to ensure antibiotics are used correctly and that your child receives the best possible care.

If you’re traveling internationally, our travel medicine specialists provide consultations to recommend immunizations and other precautions to keep your children safe from infection.

Mercy knows that children are especially vulnerable to infectious diseases, and we’re committed to helping you keep your children – and your whole family -- as healthy as possible.

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