The genetic and metabolic clinic specializes in diagnosing and treating hereditary disorders and rare syndromes in children by searching for the genetic cause of the disease. By finding the genetic cause, the subspecialist can provide an accurate diagnosis, give the appropriate treatment or refer the child to the relevant subspecialist, evaluate the accompanying risks and potential future problems, as well as help the family avoid the birth of other children with the same condition.
The subspecialist also diagnoses and treats children with metabolic disorders that may affect their growth and development . These conditions may expose children to frequent decompensations and life threatening events. Through this clinic, we can help children with metabolic problems enjoy a better quality of life by working closely with families in order to provide the best possible care.
Caritas Baby Hospital is considered one of the pioneering healthcare providers in Palestine in pediatric neurological disorders. This progress is owed to our proven medical excellence and unique neurological diagnostic services of diseases affecting the nervous system and muscles, including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, neuromuscular, neurometabolic and neurogenetic diseases, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), headaches, and child development problems.
In addition to the clinical evaluation, our Hospital is among the few that carries out Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV), Electroencephalography (EEG) and Electromyography (EMG) and brain ultrasound for infants in the Bethlehem area. It also provides treatment plans including medications, physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy, ketogenic diet, and Botox injection. To provide these treatments, our pediatric neurologist works closely with the orthopedic, physiotherapy, nutrition, and speech pathology teams.
The pediatric pulmonary clinic at Caritas Baby Hospital provides a comprehensive evaluation of infants and children with various respiratory complaints. This includes patients with coughs, breathing difficulties, chest pain, wheezing and allergies. Our specialist provides diagnostic services and therapy for diverse respiratory diseases including asthma, chest infections, congenital lung diseases, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), and patients on oxygen therapy or with tracheostomy.
In addition, the hospital runs a national specialized clinic for cystic fibrosis (CF). CF patients from all over the West Bank are followed up at our clinic, where they receive specialized comprehensive care. We are also collaborating with other international organizations to provide more extensive diagnostic testing for patients with Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD).
The cardiology clinic at Caritas Baby Hospital provides a wide range of highly specialized services for various heart diseases and defects, both congenital (that have developed before birth) or acquired (that have developed later in life).
Our cardiologist provides treatment to children that have an array of congenital heart diseases, including cardiomyopathy, heart viral infections, endocarditis and acute rheumatic fever.
Symptoms of such diseases include heart murmur, heart palpitation, irregular heart rate, chest pain and fainting.
Caritas Baby Hospital’s clinic for gastroenterology specializes in children’s digestive system disorders and defects, particularly the gastrointestinal tract, liver and pancreas.
Our specialist gastroenterologist diagnoses, tests and treats an array of digestive, liver and/or nutritional problems, ranging from common concerns such as Crohn’s, recurrent abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, vomiting and constipation to complex conditions, such as Mediterranean fever, celiac disease, failure to thrive (FFT) and cystic fibrosis (CF).
Additionally, the clinic provides diagnostic and therapeutic services for pediatric patients with chronic and acute liver and pancreas diseases.
One of the medical tests most often used for diagnosing your child’s digestive system problem is abdominal ultrasound imaging.
The pediatric endocrinology clinic at Caritas Baby Hospital provides medical care for children suffering from gland disorders, which may lead to hormonal imbalance or damage to the hormone-producing glands. Gland disorder may lead to failure to thrive (FTT), obesity, type one diabetes, early puberty, congenital hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism.
In most cases gland disorders, are present for life; thereby the endocrinologist, plays an essential role in managing these hormonal conditions.
The Orthopedic Clinic at Caritas Baby Hospital provides quality orthopedic care for infants and children, and diagnosis for all musculoskeletal disorders in children.
Our orthopedist is able to treat a variety of conditions, from simple fractures and flat feet to the most complicated bone deformities and musculoskeletal problems, both congenital and acquired.
Spinal deformities, cerebral palsy, feet and hip deformities and Osteogenesis imperfecta, as well as the treatment of and follow-up with Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) conditions are among this clinic’s specialties.
The ophthalmic clinic at Caritas Baby Hospital diagnoses and evaluates infants and children with ophthalmic problems and abnormalities, which arise from a number of systemic diseases or health conditions. Early detection and the interdisciplinary care provided have a positive effect on the treatment process and minimizes a potential visual impairment.
Our ophthalmologist conducts screening for cataract, amblyopia, astigmatism, visual impairment, hyperopia (farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness), retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), and eye abnormalities.
Exams conducted at the clinic include test of pupil responses, red reflex exam and retinoscopy, the measurement of visual sharpness for children aging 3 years or older.
The Rheumatology clinic at Caritas Baby Hospital offers comprehensive consultation, diagnosis and treatment to infants and children with joint and/or connective tissue disorders.
Our rheumatologist is particularly specialized in treating patients with Lupus, Kawasaki Disease, juvenile idiopathic arthritis with its different subtypes, acute rheumatic fever and Periodic Fever Syndromes, as well as the familial Mediterranean fever. Additionally, the specialist follows up with patients suffering from uveitis, vasculitis like Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP), Behcet's (beh-CHETS) disease, also called Behcet's syndrome, as well as connective tissue diseases, including Scleroderma and Dermatomyositis.
Our specialist works very closely with the ophthalmic optician in treating patients with different chronic iritis diseases.
The nutrition clinic at Caritas Baby Hospital offers nutrition counseling to infants and children up to 18 years of age. Our clinical dietician works directly with the patient and the family to develop nutrition plans that meet the medical needs of the child. The dietician also acts as a consultant to our medical staff by providing specialized information on diets and formula preparations.
Nutrition services include the assessment of the nutritional intake, weight, height and lab tests, counseling inpatients and outpatients and giving advice and medical nutrition therapy to patients with various health conditions, which include, but are not limited to, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, inflammatory bowel diseases, renal failure, obesity, failure to thrive, picky eaters, and underweight children.
Our hospital is recognized as one of five hospitals in the Middle East and the only hospital in Palestine to offer the ketogenic diet as a therapy tool for patients suffering from neurological and metabolic disorders.
Symptoms of eating and ingestion are commonly associated with neurological, pulmonary, gastrointestinal disorders and many genetic syndromes. The Medical Speech Language Pathologist provides assessment and diagnosis of these disorders through bedside clinical evaluation and Videofluoroscopy (VFS) Swallow Study, if needed. A comprehensive treatment plan is elaborated, which aims to improve the patient’s quality of life.
Eating and ingestion disorders are quite prevalent among babies and children and range from mild to severe. Food aversion, vomiting, picky eating, weight loss, and difficult transitioning of solid food are some of the common symptoms.
At Caritas Baby Hospital, the urology clinic offers comprehensive, high-quality care for infants and children suffering from congenital and acquired conditions of the urinary tract and genital organs.
Among the common urological conditions occurring in infants and children are the following:
- Voiding dysfunction
- Urinary tract infections
- Vesicoureteral reflux
- Neurogenic bladder
- Urinary tract obstruction
- Congenital anomalies, such as hypospadias epispadias (chordee) and ambiguous genitalia
- Undescended testis
- Urinary stones
- Urinary tract malignancies
- Urinary tract trauma
Clinic: Tuesdays (only by appointment)
Doctor in charge: Dr. Bilal Sarhan