Infectious Diseases Specialist

Palm Leaf Pediatrics

Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialists & Pediatricians located in Miami, FL

Maria Moro, MD, at Palm Leaf Pediatrics in Miami specializes in diagnosing and treating recurrent infectious and infectious diseases in children throughout South Florida. Dr. Roberta Moro offers advanced diagnostics to identify immune deficiencies and other causes of disease and then creates a custom treatment plan to address the specific needs of your child and ensure they live a healthy, happy life. Dr. Roberta Moro and her staff also provide preventive options, including travel vaccinations, to prevent illness while out of the country. Schedule a consultation online or by phone to learn more about treating and preventing infectious disease.

Infectious Diseases Q & A

What infectious diseases are common in childhood?

Dr. Roberta Moro is highly skilled in identifying and treating a variety of infectious diseases that affect children from infancy to young adulthood. She commonly treats conditions like:

  • Lyme disease
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections
  • Immune deficiencies

Dr. Roberta Moro also specializes in treating complicated or recurring infections to prevent other medical complications from affecting your child’s health.

What is MRSA?

MRSA is an infection resulting from staph bacteria. This condition is resistant to many of the antibiotics that treat regular staph infections. They often develop in healthcare environments and child care centers and cause fevers and swollen, painful bumps on the skin.

An untreated MRSA infection can become life-threatening if it spreads to the bones, joints or bloodstream.

What are immune deficiencies?

An immune deficiency is the result of a lack of white blood cells that are responsible for fighting off infections. Children who develop this condition develop recurrent infections like sinusitis, ear and skin infections, or bronchitis.

Complications of an immune deficiency can cause organ damage, delayed growth, and may increase your child’s risk for developing cancers like leukemia.

How are infectious diseases diagnosed?

Dr. Roberta Moro offers advanced testing options, such as on-site bloodwork, for identifying common childhood infections and evaluating your child’s white blood cell count.

During their initial evaluation, Dr. Roberta Moro reviews your child’s medical and family history before performing a comprehensive physical examination.

What treatment options are available for immune deficiencies?

For many types of infections, Dr. Roberta Moro can prescribe antibiotics. Medications may be oral or topical, depending on the nature of the infection. She may also suggest using over-the-counter remedies to alleviate symptoms of infections like bronchitis and sinusitis.

To prevent recurrent infections, Dr. Roberta Moro may recommend long-term use of antibiotics. She also offers travel vaccinations to prevent illness if you’re traveling with your child outside of the United States.

In some cases, children with immune deficiencies can’t tolerate childhood vaccinations. In this situation, Dr. Roberta Moro creates a comprehensive treatment plan for your child to ensure they remain healthy.