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Cardinal Glennon / Services & Programs / Pediatric Infectious Disease

Infectious disease describes a range of conditions, from the common flu to more complex medical diagnoses such as bone and joint infections.

Our SLUCare Physician Group pediatric specialists at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital are experienced in diagnosing and treating the range of infectious diseases in children, providing timely evaluation and comprehensive services in both inpatient and outpatient care settings.

Inpatient Services

Our pediatric infectious diseases specialists are always on-call and available on a daily basis for consultations inside our hospital. We see newborns and infants with an infection in the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units, including critically-ill children post-surgery and after organ transplantation.

Outpatient Services

Our Infectious Disease Department is available for outpatient consultation. Common reasons for referral include:

  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections
  • Persistent and recurrent fevers
  • Chronic sinus infections
  • Recurrent strep throat
  • Pneumonias
  • Bone and joint infections
  • Positive TB skin tests

Our clinic is held Monday through Friday, typically in the afternoons, although special accommodations can be made for morning appointments. Visits usually last about an hour and include a review of your child’s medical history, a physical exam, and lab tests.

Our doctors also provide advice to parents who are planning to travel outside the US with their children. Special vaccinations are required for travel to a number of countries. Medications to prevent infections such as malaria are commonly required for travel to certain areas of the world.

Preparing For Your Visit

There are several things you should tell our physicians about your child during your visit. These include:

  • Your child’s symptoms
  • How long your child has been experiencing these symptoms
  • What home treatments seem to help the condition
  • Your child’s general health history
  • Other family members experiencing similar symptoms

During your visit, your child may be seen by a resident doctor, who is supervised by an attending physician overseeing all aspects of care.  Our physicians are available after the clinic visit to discuss any questions or any concerns you might have.

Following your visit, one of our doctors will send a report to your child’s pediatrician recommending next steps for your child’s care. Once any lab work has been completed, your child’s pediatrician will contact you with the results, which may take up to a week.

No matter your child’s condition, we look forward to caring for your child. To make an appointment, please call 314-577-5644.

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