Post Adoption Peculiar Behaviors

Post Adoption Peculiar Behaviors

Post Adoption Peculiar Behaviors I have heard that many Institutionalized children exhibit many peculiar behaviors shortly after arriving home. Can you described some of these behaviors and what does a new adoptive parent need to do to help over come these behaviors? Many peculiar behaviors can be observed immediately post-adoption in many internationally adopted children. […]

Post-Adoption Medical Examination

The Post-Adoption Medical Examination In the USA, generalized routine laboratory screening of healthy children is not standard of care. In children that are internationally adopted, extensive screening tests are performed because of a multitude of reasons. These screening tests are recommended by the Pediatric Red Book of Infectious disease and the Academy of Pediatrics. It […]

Persistent diarrhea in orphan child.

Persistent diarrhea in orphan child. My child who is 20 months old has a problem with persistent diarrhea. H e had the post-adoption medial workup and nothing came back positive. I just do not understand why his bowels are so loose if there is nothing medically going on with him? Unfortunately, chronic diarrhea is a […]

“Medical Issues of the Post Institutionalized Child”

“Medical Issues of the Post Institutionalized Child” Generally, children that are placed for international adoption are placed because of a multitude of reasons. They are rarely if ever placed because they come from intact family networks with perfect family medical and past medical history. These children are placed because of abandonment, poverty, illness or death […]

Question on Leukemia in Chinese girls

Reader’s Question on Leukemia in Chinese girls In dealing with the medical aspects of international adoption, the usual outcome is almost always a happy ending. Yes, there are those cases where there is an underlying medical condition, developmental delay or emotional trauma. Fortunately, most of these cases can be treated with medications, therapy or surgery. […]

Lactose Intolerance in Asian Children

Lactose Intolerance in Asian Children Lactose intolerance is defined as the body’s inability to digest and absorb the milk sugar called lactose. This occurs secondary to a deficiency in a necessary enzyme essential in the digestion process of milk products. This enzyme is named lactase. In many children who are internationally adopted this medical entity […]

International Adoption: Risks & Realities

International Adoption: Risks & Realities Balacing the choice of adoption There are numerous reasons why parents choose International adoption, but each case usually has a unique story attached to it. Some people have an affinity for a certain culture, some for humanitarian reasons, and some because they believe the risks are less than those for […]

Can immunization records from orphanages be relied upon?

Can immunization records from orphanages be relied upon? To re-vaccinate or not is a very heated and emotional decision. Adoptive parents need to face with the help of their general pediatrician. While it is obvious, the safest and the most accurate way is to just re-vaccinate every Internationally adopted child regardless of immunization status the […]

Intestinal Parasites in the orphan child

Intestinal Parasites in the orphan child Are Intestinal parasites common in orphan children? What do I as an adoptive parent need to know? Unfortunately, intestinal parasites, particularly parasitic infection is the most common medical condition that I diagnose in many of the Internationally Adopted children that I examine shortly after they arrive to the United […]