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Kids & Teens Medical Group
Pediatrics located in Pasadena, West Hills, Agoura Hills, San Fernando, Northridge, Arcadia,
La Canada Flintridge, Beverly Hills, Van Nuys & Whittier, CA

Pediatric Infectious Disease

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Pediatric Infectious Disease

Kids & Teens Medical Group
Pediatric Infectious Disease in Los Angeles


If your child has a pediatric infectious disease, such as measles, mononucleosis (mono), or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), they must receive care from knowledgeable, caring experts. The Kids & Teens Medical Group has extensive experience preventing, diagnosing, and treating pediatric infectious diseases. For consultation and compassionate care, call or request an appointment online today at one of their office locations in the Greater Los Angeles area: Pasadena, West Hills, Agoura Hills, San Fernando, Northridge, Arcadia, La Cañada Flintridge, Beverly Hills, Van Nuys, Encino, and Whittier, California.

Pediatric Infectious Disease Q & A

What is a pediatric infectious disease? 

A pediatric infectious disease is a contagious illness caused by bacteria, viruses, fungus, or parasites that affects children. Infectious diseases transmit from one person to another within a family or community via: 

  • Direct physical contact

  • Blood or bodily fluids

  • Contaminated water or food

  • Airborne droplets

  • Insects, like mosquitoes or ticks

Children are susceptible to infectious diseases because their immune systems haven't developed natural immunity against many illnesses before they are adults. Without immunity, pediatric infectious diseases can cause significant health concerns and potentially life-altering complications, including transmitting the infection to others. 

What are some pediatric infectious diseases?

Many infectious diseases can affect children, including: 

  • Mumps, measles, and rubella

  • Whooping cough

  • Chickenpox 

  • COVID-19

  • Flu

  • Strep throat

  • Lice and scabies

  • Urinary tract infections 

  • Tick-borne illness, like Lyme disease

  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

  • Staphylococcus aureus, or staph infection

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)

  • Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Treatments for a pediatric infectious disease depend on the type of infection, symptoms, and severity. Treatments may include antibiotics, antiviral, antifungal, or antiparasitic medications, nutritional support, or immunotherapy. 

How can I help prevent pediatric infectious disease? 

Many pediatric infectious diseases are preventable by following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for giving childhood vaccines, starting at birth. Children who have not had vaccinations are at the most significant risk for contracting and spreading pediatric infectious diseases. Kids & Teens Medical Group supports vaccinations for all children and offers free vaccinations for uninsured children.  

Other things you can do and teach your child to do to prevent exposure to and the spread of infectious disease is to:

  • Wash their hands with soap and water frequently

  • Cover their nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing

  • Disinfect areas of the home that are touched frequently 

  • Avoid drinking or playing in contaminated water

  • Avoid contact with people who have an infectious disease

  • Avoid eating or drinking food prepared by infected people

  • Stay home if you have symptoms of an infectious disease

Finally, if your child shows symptoms of having a pediatric infectious disease, such as fever, cough or congestion, skin rash or blisters, nausea or vomiting, muscle aches, or abnormal fatigue, they should see a pediatrician. 

If you think your child has a pediatric infectious disease, call, walk-in, or request a same-day sick visit or telehealth visit online today with Kids & Teens Medical Group.

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