Infectious Diseases

Improving Children’s Lives by Fighting Infectious Diseases

It can be upsetting to discover unexplained disease symptoms in your child, or to learn that he or she has contracted a serious infectious disease. The Riley Hospital for Children Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Disease at Indiana University Health helps children and families affected by infectious diseases overcome or manage these diseases. You can feel better knowing that our highly skilled and experienced professionals are helping your child.

The Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Disease has extensive experience diagnosing and treating children of all ages with infectious diseases. We provide inpatient care for nearly a thousand children a year and consult with all pediatric and surgical departments within Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

As advocates for children’s health, we participate in a variety of programs intended to promote children’s health, including:

  • Collaborative efforts in support of vaccine usage
  • Community educational programs
  • HIV programs
  • Support for state and regional legislative groups for improving screening and preventive care for Indiana's children
  • Treatment guidelines for infectious illnesses

The Range of Our Services

Our doctors are faculty members at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) [Link to http://medicine.iupui.edu/infectdz/]. Faculty members at IUSM work with support staff here at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health to treat our patients. We have a large academic program, in which we train pediatric residents in diagnosis and treatment of infectious disease.

Our specialists also evaluate children at other Indiana University Health hospitals, including:

  • Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital
  • Indiana University Health University Hospital
  • Indiana University Health North Hospital

We provide comprehensive care at the Riley Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Disease at IU Health. Parents bring their children to us from all over the state of Indiana and from around the world.

Because of the prevalence of some infectious diseases and the large-scale need for particular services, we offer specialized clinics:

Pediatric HIV Clinic

Our specialists treat 90 percent of Indiana's children who are HIV-positive (have human immunodeficiency virus in their bodies). This number includes:

  • Children seeking care for documented pediatric HIV/AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) infection
  • Infants who were exposed at birth and whose HIV status is under active diagnostic investigation

We also provide ongoing counseling for children with AIDS and their families.

Pediatric Infectious Disease Diagnostic Clinic

Our Pediatric Infectious Disease Diagnostic Clinic helps children with a wide range of diseases and syndromes, including:

  • Acute and chronic lymphadenopathy
  • Fever of unknown origin
  • Musculoskeletal infections
  • Recurrent and periodic fever syndromes
  • Recurrent skin and soft tissue infections
  • Tuberculosis

We also provide follow-up care to children who have been evaluated and treated as inpatients at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

Pediatric Travel Medicine Clinic

Children traveling overseas are vulnerable to a wide array of infections that are uncommon here in the U.S. The Pediatric Travel Medicine Clinic at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health provides extensive education to families, in addition to medications and vaccines. Helpful information you can get from the center includes up-to-the-minute news about medical issues in the areas you plan to visit.

The most common diseases families need to watch out for include:

  • Diarrheal disease
  • Hepatitis A
  • Malaria
  • Parasitic infections
  • Typhoid fever
  • Tuberculosis
  • Yellow fever
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