Infectious Diseases

We provide expert diagnosis and management of infectious disease in children, including both inpatient and outpatient evaluation and care. In the dynamic world of infectious disease, children are the most vulnerable targets. Infectious diseases cause more than half of the deaths of children worldwide and are the most common reason children visit physicians and are admitted to hospitals.


At Texas Children’s, our team offers compassionate care in a setting created especially for children, from newborns to young adults. Our team of expert physicians uses the latest diagnostic and therapeutic techniques to evaluate and treat patients for common to rare infections including:

  • Bacterial, fungal and congenital infections
  • Bartonella henselae (cat scratch fever)
  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and other congenital infections
  • Group B streptococcus
  • Herpes simplex
  • Infectious endocarditis
  • Influenza
  • Pertussis
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Tuberculosis (Learn more about how Texas Children's Center for Global Health is helping treat tuberculosis internationally.)


Additional conditions treated

Texas Children's Infectious Diseases Center's physicians evaluate and treat patients for a range of infectious diseases and infections, including:

  • Fevers of unknown origin
  • Heart-related Kawasaki disease, endocarditis
  • Lymphadenitis
  • Postoperative and hospital-acquired infections
  • Serious infections, including bone and joint; pneumonia (bacterial, TB, viral); central nervous system (meningitis, encephalitis); skin and soft tissue (necrotizing fasciitis); septic shock
  • Travel-related illness such as typhoid fever, malaria
  • Illnesses common to immuno-compromised children, including catheter-related bacteremia
  • Infections related to transplants and malignancies
  • Infections related to technology, such as mechanical ventilation, prosthetic materials
  • Shunt infections, hydrocephalus
  • Problems in newborns including fungal infections, meningitis, severe viral infections, enterovirus and congenital infections