Learn more about Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialists and how to choose the right one for you

Learn more about Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialists

A pediatric infectious disease doctor specializes in preventing, diagnosing and treating infectious diseases in infants, children and adolescents. Bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites cause infectious diseases. Pediatric infectious disease doctors care for children who require specialized expertise to diagnose or treat a specific infectious disease. They also have extensive knowledge in immunology, epidemiology, and infection control.

A pediatric infectious disease doctor typically: 

  • Evaluates a child’s medical history including results from previous blood tests, X-rays, and other diagnostic tests
  • Performs a physical exam
  • Orders and interprets laboratory studies and prescribes medications
  • Diagnoses and treats infectious diseases including post-surgical infections, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV/AIDS), severe or chronic ear infections, and sepsis in newborn infants
  • Educates children, parents and caregivers on infectious disease prevention

Pediatric infectious disease doctors may also be known a children's infectious disease doctor or peds ID.

There are 321 specialists practicing Pediatric Infectious Disease Medicine in the United States with an overall average rating of 4.1 stars. There are 123 hospitals in the United States with affiliated Pediatric Infectious Disease Medicine specialists, including Boston Children's Hospital, Degraff Memorial Hospital and Hackensack University Medical Center.

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