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comprehensive care for kids with all types of infections

The infectious disease team provides comprehensive care for infants, children and adolescents with an infectious disease. Referring physicians request our help when a patient has an infection that is challenging to treat or requires complex therapy, and when they are not able to find the underlying cause.

An infection occurs when a germ (sometimes called a pathogen) is living inside a person’s body and causing illness. An infection can be caused by a virus, bacteria, parasite or fungi. In many cases, a person’s immune system can fight off the infection, and symptoms pass quickly. But sometimes, an infection is long lasting or resistant to treatment. An infectious disease specialist has special training to diagnose and care for children and adolescents with these conditions.

Specialists at Dayton Children’s treat all kinds of infectious diseases. Learn more

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For more information about the Infectious Disease Program at Dayton Children’s, please call 937-641-3329. Appointments are available with a physician referral.

Do you believe your patient needs to see a pediatric infectious disease specialist? Begin the referral process today.

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Sherman Alter, MD, Medical Director

infectious disease
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Ryan Simon, M.D.

hospital medicine, infectious disease
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Jon Woltmann, MD

infectious disease
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conditions we treat

acute infections

An acute infection usually develops quickly with symptoms that do not last very long (often just a few days or weeks). Children who get frequent acute infections may need to see an infectious disease specialist for care.

chronic infections

Chronic infections last for months or even years and require long-term treatment. They usually are caused by a virus.

recurring infections

Recurring infections happen repeatedly, even when they have been treated successfully. Children who get recurring infections may have underlying conditions that require treatment.

congenital infections

Congenital infections affect unborn babies and newborn babies. They usually are caused by viruses that occur during pregnancy. Examples include rubella and toxoplasmosis.

opportunistic infections

Opportunistic infections occur when a person has a weakened immune system. A weakened immune system can be caused by illnesses such as cancer, diabetes or HIV.

hospital-associated infections

These infections can occur when a patient is receiving medical treatment at a health care facility. Common hospital-associated infections include pneumonia and surgical site infections.

HIV and related infections

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) attacks the body’s immune system. It can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), as well as related infections such as pneumocystis pneumonia.

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immunodeficiency disorders

Immunodeficiency disorders occur when part of the immune system is either absent or not working properly. Children can be born with an immunodeficiency disorder, or they can acquire it. More than 300 diseases are caused by an immunodeficiency disorder.

unexplained febrile illnesses

These illnesses are marked by a fever with an unknown cause. An infectious disease specialist has the expertise needed to explore the underlying reason for the infection.

unexplained skin rashes

Skin rashes can develop for many reasons, including illness, injury and infection. When the cause is unknown, an infectious disease specialist may be able to help.

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Learn more about how we help children with infectious diseases.

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preparing for your visit

How to prepare, what to bring.

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additional resources

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Dayton Children’s makes flu shots mandatory for all employees and volunteers

All employees and volunteers are required to receive flu vaccine this fall.

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