Paediatric infectious disease is a subspeciality of paediatrics that caters to the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of newborns, children and adolescents with known or suspected infectious diseases.
The specialised paediatric infectious diseases consultant at Mediclinic City Hospital has the prerequisite qualifications and experience to understand the unique signs and symptoms of infections in children that are different from adults. The consultant’s sub-speciality is well-suited to providing guidance on the appropriate evaluation and treatment for children with suspected infections, including those who are immunocompromised, those with cancer or heart disease, recent travellers, post-operative children or neonates; including advice on vaccination for healthy children for travel or after exposure to infectious diseases.
Using evidence-based practice, the paediatric infectious disease consultant provides diagnosis and treatment to children suffering from a wide range of acute, recurrent, and chronic infections. Working in collaboration with other paediatric specialists, a multi-disciplinary approach is undertaken to customise appropriate treatment plans individualised to the patient’s needs.
Infectious diseases include, but are not limited to:
- Prolonged or recurrent fever of unknown origin
- Respiratory infections, including pneumonia, sinusitis, bronchiolitis
- Viral infections such as hepatitis, HIV, influenza and others
- Infections in the head and neck, including lymph node enlargement
- Intra-abdominal infections such as diarrhoea and parasitic infections
- Urinary infections
- Congenital, perinatal, and neonatal infections
- Tuberculosis (TB), typhoid, dengue, brucella and malaria
- Tick-borne infections
- Post-operative infections
- Bone and joint infections
- Infections in immunocompromised children, including those with congenital immunodeficiency
- Travel advice and vaccinations for overseas travel
- Routine childhood vaccinations, including individualised catch-up vaccination programmes