Infectious disease

Pediatric infectious disease specialists with Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital care for children with bacterial, viral, fungal or parasite infections.

Mom taking sick child's temperature.

Pediatric infectious disease care with Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital

Pediatric infectious disease specialists with Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital diagnose and treat common and complex infectious diseases in children, both in the hospital and in our clinics. Depending on your child’s diagnosis or condition, we work closely with your child’s pediatrician and other specialists. Our care team is experienced in working with children with chronic and complex health conditions.

We listen to understand your questions and concerns. Your child’s first appointment includes a thorough evaluation, including a discussion about their medical history, possible exposure and a physical exam. Then, we create a care plan that’s right for your child and your family.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment for infections in childhood

If your child’s infection is new or unknown, keeps coming back or does not respond to treatment, a pediatric infectious disease specialist may become part of your child’s care team. Pediatric infectious disease specialists with Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital diagnose and care for children with:

  • Bloodstream infection
  • Bone and joint infection
  • Central nervous system infections
  • Congenital infections (present at birth)
  • Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain)
  • Endocarditis (inflammation of the heart valve)
  • Fevers of unknown origin
  • Fungal infections, including histoplasmosis
  • Infections in immuno-compromised children
  • Infections in newborns
  • Infections related to technology, such as mechanical ventilation, prosthetic materials and device infections
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Lymphadenitis (enlarged lymph nodes due to infection)
  • Meningitis (inflammation of the membrane covering the brain and spinal cord)
  • Necrotizing fasciitis
  • Parasitic infections
  • Pneumonia (complicated or atypical)
  • Postoperative and hospital-acquired infections
  • Respiratory tract infection
  • Sepsis
  • Tick-borne infections, such as Lyme disease
  • Travel-related illness, such as typhoid fever, malaria and gastroenteritis
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Viral infections, such as COVID-19, hepatitis, HSV, CMV, EBV, enterovirus and HIV

Your child is cared for by a team of highly experienced specialists with Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. Our care includes:

  • Inpatient and outpatient evaluations and diagnostics for children with compromised immune systems and serious infections.
  • Prenatal and postnatal evaluations for congenital infections (present at birth).
  • Coordination of care between your child’s team of doctors.
  • Advanced treatments, including IV antibiotic and immunoglobulin therapy.
  • Follow-up care for children with serious and recurrent infections.

Travel medicine and infection prevention

Pediatric infectious disease providers can also help keep your family healthy while traveling internationally by recommending the right vaccinations for the countries to which you are traveling. Having up-to-date vaccinations and other vaccinations recommended for certain countries can help protect your child and family from infectious diseases. The infectious disease care team with Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital can provide vaccinations for your whole family – adults and children. And, we can give you tips for keeping your family healthy while traveling. We recommend setting up an appointment one to two months before your expected travel. If you would like a copy of your vaccination records for your travel, we can provide you with a copy.

If your child is experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency, including high fever or shortness of breath, go to the nearest ER and call 911.

Infectious disease