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Overview

Paediatric Infectious Diseases is the paediatric super specialty that deals with infections in children. It is one of the most important paediatric super specialties as a vast majority of paediatric problems are related to infection.

What is the scope of this service?

This service caters to day to day problems in children, such as dengue, malaria, typhoid fever, urinary tract infections, pneumonia on both outpatient and inpatient basis. Apart from the routine problems, this service also assists in diagnosis and management of other complex paediatric infections such as those mentioned below:

  • Children with prolonged or recurrent fever
  • Prevention of infections with specific vaccines, drugs where indicated
  • Tuberculosis and drug resistant tuberculosis
  • Exotic infections such as brucellosis, rickettsiosis and atypical mycobacterial infections
  • Organ specific infections such as meningitis, brain abscess, empyema, lung abscess, infective endocarditis (infection of heart valves), bone and joint infections, skin and soft tissue infections
  • Primary immunodeficiency and HIV
  • Transplant infections
  • Fungal infections
  • Infections in cancer patients
  • Neonatal infections
  • Infections Transmitted From Mother To Child (TORCH infections)
  • Hospital acquired infections due to drug resistant organisms
  • Travel associated infections

What is the mode of operation?

People can avail of specialty services in the following manner

  • For sick children inpatient management is advised
  • For stable children initial outpatient consultation can be conducted
  • For children admitted in other hospitals and are too sick to be transferred, parents or caregivers can bring in all reports and seek advice
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