ADHD and Early Life Data

ADHD and Early Life Data

I am wondering how you differentiate a child suffering from ADHD from a child who was raised for 2.5 years in an orphanage and has very limited early life data. The etiology of ADHD is difficult to ascertain and in the patient who has a history of spending part of their life growing up in […]

Congenital hip dysplasia in the orphan child

Congenital hip dysplasia in the orphan child   Dysplasia     This term is antiquated and the only reference that was found was from literature dating from the 1970’s. It does indeed refer to dysplasia of the hip, but that does not necessarily mean that there is true medical disease of the hip.    The […]

ADHD and Early Trauma: Adopted vs Non-Adopted

ADHD and Early Trauma: Adopted vs Non-Adopted If ADHD characteristic behaviors are resulting from early trauma, how is recommended treatment different than that for children living with their birth family and ADHD? The incidence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is higher among adoptive children (see http://www.aaets.org/adoptarticle7.htm). Therefore, it would be difficult to substantiate that a […]

Lead toxicity in my Internationally adopted child?

Should I be concerned about lead toxicity in my Internationally adopted child?What does lead do to our bodies?High lead in the body can disrupt the kidneys, teeth, brain (seizures, attention deficit disorder, behavior problems and a decreased IQ), and the body’s ability to produce blood. Depending on the level it can have devastating consequences. How […]

Flat heads in Adopted children

Many orphan children come home with misshapen head and have to go through “helmet therapy.” Can you explain why this occurs? Thank you for your question. I take it to mean that you are seeing many children with heads, which are asymmetric. This is not necessarily a problem but it is a common complaint for […]

Orphanages as the cause for ADHD

Orphanages as the cause for ADHD I am wondering how you differentiate a child suffering from ADHD from a child who was raised for 2.5 years in an orphanage and has very limited early life data. The etiology of ADHD is difficult to ascertain and in the patient who has a history of spending part […]

Question about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Reader’s Question on FAS…   Can Fetal alcohol syndrome be distinguished by doctors and is there a test that can be performed to help with the diagnosis? Significant exposure to alcohol during pregnancy to an infant may be associated with a broad spectrum of developmental problems that can range from learning disabilities to severe mental […]

Thalassemia and Adoption

Thalasemia and Adoption Hemoglobinopties are disorders of blood cell structure and they may occur in many different ethnic groups, such as African, Asian, Mediterranean or Middle Eastern decent. There are two major types of Hemoglobinopaties: 1) Thalassemias : which are caused by quantitative deficiencies in the in the production of globulin chains which are used […]