Cook Children's Infectious Diseases team offers care for children and teens with diseases caused by bacteria, parasites, fungi or viruses.
What is a pediatric infectious disease?
We diagnose and treat children with infectious diseases such as:
- Travel-related illnesses
- Recurrent infections
- Life-threatening infections
- Osteomyelitis and septic arthritis
- Hepatitis, including hepatitis B and C
- Chronic and recurring infections
- Fevers of unknown origin
- Congenital infections
- Immune deficiency
- Pediatric AIDS
- Kawasaki disease
- Meningococcal disease
- Herpes simplex virus (HSV)
- Viral infections, including herpes and cytomegalovirus (CMV)
- Meningitis/central nervous system infections/encephalitis
Pediatric and adolescent services
Our team provides the following services to infectious disease patients:
- Evaluation and treatment by board certified infectious disease doctors.
- Easy access to the outpatient clinic at Cook Children's Medical Center.
- Intravenous (IV) therapies for diseases requiring routine infusions.
- Inpatient consultation at several, local hospitals.
- Consultation for the management of pediatric infections.
- Immunizations for international travel of children and their families.
- Primary care for children who have been exposed to or have HIV in Tarrant County and West Texas.
- Medical evaluation of foreign adoptees.
We act as consultants for primary care doctors of children and teens with infectious disease. It is important that your child also remain under the care of their primary care physician, who will be able to consult with the infectious disease physician treating them.
Promising drug, Miltefosine
New hope in fight against deadly brain-eating amoeba
On June 17, 2016, Cook Children's became the first hospital in Texas to carry Miltefosine, a drug that has shown success in treating Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM), the brain infection caused by the water-born amoeba, known as Naegleria fowleri. Until recently, Miltefosine was only available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and had to be shipped to hospitals on a patient-by-patient basis. Having Miltefosine on hand at Cook Children's means patients will not have to wait for a shipment to arrive, increasing their odds of survival. It also means quicker access to the drug for hospitals across Texas and the region.