Pediatric Infectious Diseases

As leaders in pediatric infectious disease care, UCLA Health specialists deliver an accurate diagnosis, effective treatments and comprehensive support. We work closely with specialists as needed to ensure that your child receives exceptional care.

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UCLA Health experts diagnose and treat the full range of infectious diseases in babies, children and teens. Call 310-825-0867 to connect with us.

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Why choose UCLA Health for pediatric infectious disease?

At UCLA Health, our infectious disease team is specially trained to care for babies, children and adolescents. Our goal is to diagnose, treat and prevent infectious diseases. When you come to us, you’ll find:

Specialized care: Our services include dedicated clinics focusing on vaccines, traveling abroad, international adoption and caring for children with HIV/AIDS. This highly specialized care allows us to tailor preventive measures and treatments to fit your child’s unique needs.

Renowned team: At UCLA Health, all our pediatric infectious disease physicians are nationally and internationally recognized as leaders in the field. Together, we provide state-of-the-art treatments and prevention for all infectious diseases in children and adolescents. In addition to delivering comprehensive care, we conduct leading-edge research and train future leaders in the field of pediatric infectious diseases.

Multispecialty expertise: We work closely with experts across UCLA Health to provide your child with the most effective treatments and well-rounded care. Our infectious disease experts partner with UCLA Health immunology specialists to create customized therapies for children who are immunocompromised (have an increased risk of infection).

Groundbreaking HIV/AIDS care and research: UCLA Health’s Care-4-Families (C4F) program is part of the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials group (IMPAACT). Formed in 2006, IMPAACT brings together a global group of investigators, institutions and community representatives to evaluate new therapies and prevention strategies for HIV in children. UCLA is one of three IMPAACT sites in California and one of just 18 nationwide.

Our areas of care

Pediatric infectious disease experts provide specialized care at several clinics and programs designed to address each child’s individual needs. Our specialties include:

Pediatric infectious diseases consultation clinic

UCLA Health pediatric specialists care for children with the full range of infectious diseases. We provide expert diagnosis, treatments and support on an outpatient basis. Our care teams also deliver comprehensive follow-up care for children who began treatments in the hospital and continue receiving treatments after going home.

Often referred to as “medical detectives,” infectious disease doctors are skilled at diagnosing even the most complex conditions. We work closely with families and specialists to prevent, manage and treat infections. Our experts have experience helping children with common childhood infections as well as severe and chronic (long-term) disease.

Care-4-Families (HIV/AIDS) Program

At UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, the Care-4-Families (C4F) team provides rapid diagnosis, comprehensive care, clinical trials, educational resources and psychological support to families affected by HIV/AIDS. We care for HIV-exposed infants and HIV-infected pregnant women, babies, children and teenagers.

The C4F Program is a recipient of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part D funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Our multispecialty team of HIV specialists includes pediatric infectious diseases physicians, high-risk obstetricians, psychiatrists, social workers, and experts in adolescent medicine. We also collaborate with nephrologists, gastroenterologists, cardiologists, pulmonologists and dietitians as needed. Working together, we deliver coordinated treatments, care and counseling.

International adoption clinic

UCLA Health offers specialized care for children who were recently adopted from outside the United States. We also meet with parents prior to adoption. Specialists provide consultations, evaluations, screening services and follow-up care while helping parents assess the risk of infectious disease in adoptees.

Our comprehensive services include pre-adoption consultations and post-adoption evaluation and care. Prior to adoption, our team reviews a child’s available medical records, growth data and health information. We meet with prospective parents to:

  • Discuss developmental milestones so you understand the expectations for that particular child and are able to make decisions regarding the potential adoption
  • Evaluate a child’s growth trends to assess height, weight and head circumference as compared to a general population of children of the same age
  • Examine and evaluate photographs for physical characteristics consistent with fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Make sure you’re aware of any additional medical/surgical needs the child may have (now or in the future) and discuss any concerns you have
  • Review videos (when available) to check for abnormalities in physical characteristics, assess developmental or behavioral levels and highlight any potential issues or concerns
  • Talk through travel preparations, provide prescription forms for travel (antibiotics, eye ointment, medication for skin infections, etc.) and consult with you while you’re traveling outside the U.S.

When the adoption is complete, we encourage families to schedule a clinic appointment within two weeks of returning to the U.S. During this appointment, we:

  • Perform a physical examination to check your child’s overall health and test for infections
  • Provide a comprehensive medical baseline to document your child’s health
  • Work closely with pediatric specialists, including developmental pediatricians, gastroenterologists, cardiologists, allergists, dermatologists and dentists if necessary

International travel clinic

Experienced infectious disease experts provide medical consultations for children planning to travel abroad. Our specialized services include helping you prevent the most common illnesses associated with international travel, such as diarrhea, respiratory tract infections, malaria and skin diseases.

We work with families to ensure children have the appropriate travel vaccinations for the child’s age and medical history. You receive customized care and guidance based on the destination, length of stay and planned activities.

We also offer preventive care to young adults who are planning on traveling, studying abroad, serving in the Peace Corps or pursuing internships or jobs outside the United States.

Our services include:

  • Appropriate vaccine administration, such as for yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies and polio
  • Country-specific information about disease risk and prevention
  • General medical evaluation and treatment, both before and after travel
  • Guidance about seeking medical assistance abroad for travel-related illnesses
  • Prescription medications to prevent diseases, such as antimalarial medications

Infectious diseases we treat

UCLA Health experts are specially trained to diagnose and treat even the most complex infections, as well as those that come back after treatment. We understand the unique needs of babies, children and adolescents and deliver effective, customized care. Some of the most common conditions we treat include:

  • Bloodstream infections
  • Bone and joint infections (osteomyelitis)
  • Fever of unknown origin (FUO) and fevers that are persistent or recurrent (keep coming back)
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Lyme disease
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other skin infections
  • Mononucleosis (mono), pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia and other respiratory infections
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Urinary tract infections (UTI)
  • Valley fever

Meet our team

Our highly skilled team includes recognized leaders in pediatric infectious diseases. We work closely with specialists from developmental pediatrics, gastroenterology, cardiology, dermatology and immunology to deliver tailored treatments.

Contact us

UCLA Health experts diagnose and treat the full range of infectious diseases in babies, children and teens. Call 310-825-0867 to connect with us.