Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Caring for Babies and Children With Recurrent, Chronic or Serious Infections

The Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease provides inpatient and outpatient diagnostic and therapeutic services, and phone consultations. Management of home intravenous antibiotic therapy.

Patients with unusual and/or severe infections and problems with immunization practices and antibiotic resistance are handled by University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital subspecialists:

Pediatric Infectious Disease Referral Clinic

Most of our referrals from pediatricians are seen at this clinic on an outpatient basis. Your child may be referred here to help explain a fever of an unknown origin, diagnose an unusual or chronic infection, or answer a question involving your child’s vaccination history. Our division sees emergency cases immediately.

Child Travelers’ Clinic

Our service is one of the first in the U.S. to care for the special needs of children traveling overseas. When your child travels abroad, you want to be sure that his developing immune system is prepared to handle the unusual germs he may come across. At UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, we understand that your child's pre-travel needs are much different from your own. Two to four weeks prior to travel, our medical team will make sure that your child’s vaccinations are up to date with regard to her destination, and that she receives the right medications to prevent travel diseases such as malaria. We'll also give your family destination-specific advice on common diseases, as well as tips on safe eating and drinking habits. After your child has returned home, we can evaluate and treat him for post-travel concerns as needed.

AIDS Services

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital provides excellent care for children affected by HIV and AIDS through our Children’s Special Immunology Unit. Our compassionate pediatric specialists will screen and evaluate your child for a suspected or documented HIV infection. We also treat HIV-infected mothers, so that you and your child can both build relationships with the same team of caring medical professionals. Once a diagnosis is made, we offer comprehensive counseling services and several treatment options to help your family cope with this difficult disease.


The Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease focuses on investigative research to help preventing outbreaks of childhood infectious diseases, injuries and other health-related events.

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