Pediatric Infectious Diseases

When children get serious infections, they need specialized care.

The Section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Rush treats children facing a wide range of infectious conditions including the following types of infection:

  • Antibiotic-resistant
  • Blood or bloodstream
  • Cardiovascular
  • Central nervous system
  • Congenital and perinatal
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Orthopedic (bone and joint)
  • And many others

The section also provides these services:

  • Travel medicine consultation (including immunizations or prevention): For babies, children and adolescents traveling to foreign countries.
  • HIV/AIDS treatment: For children with perinatally acquired HIV infection, as part of the Rush/Cook County Center for Research and Education in Infectious Diseases (CORE Center).
  • Toxoplasmosis care: For pregnant women, newborns and children with congenital toxoplasmosis, as part of the Chicago Collaborative Toxoplasmosis Study Group (CCTSG).

Remarkable Care for Kids

  • Maternal-fetal medicine physicians at Rush have expertise in caring for pregnant women with toxoplasmosis and delivering their babies. They often collaborate with pediatric specialists, geneticists and social workers in the Fetal and Neonatal Medicine Center.
  • In rare instances, babies infected with toxoplasmosis are born with health problems. At Rush, these babies are cared for in a level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The NICU at Rush provides the highest level of care available for seriously ill babies.
  • Doctors at Rush deliver babies at the new and spacious Rush Family Birth Center. All services — including the NICU — are located on one floor. So when seconds count most, mothers and babies can get the care they need.
  • At Rush, physicians from more than 30 specialties address the full range of pediatric diseases and congenital problems. As a state-designated children’s hospital, Rush University Children’s Hospital provides care that empowers parents and advances medical science.