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Pediatric Infectious Diseases

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For questions or
appointment requests,
call 413-794-KIDS (5437).

Baystate Children’s Hospital (BCH) is the primary infectious disease center for the western Massachusetts region. Our pediatric doctors are board certified in pediatric infectious diseases – health conditions that affect kids that are caused by organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites.


With the area’s only Pediatric Emergency Department as well as a Children’s Specialty Center, BCH is the place to go for expert, compassionate care for your child. We treat a wide range of diseases, including Lyme disease, HIV/AIDS, skin infections and MRSA.

Infectious diseases we evaluate and treat include:

  • Antibiotic-resistant infections (including MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection)
  • Bone infections (osteomyelitis)
  • Difficult-to-treat infections
  • Herpes virus infections
  • Immune system issues
  • Lyme disease, a bacterial infection transmitted by ticks
  • Meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord
  • Periodic fever syndromes, auto-inflammatory diseases with no infectious cause
  • Recurrent skin infections
  • Travel and international adoption-related illnesses

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