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Anemia in Orphan Children

Malnourished Orphan Children And Iron Deficiency Anemia By: George Rogu M.D. Do malnourished internationally adopted children suffer from Iron deficiency anemia? Could this be a probable cause of the child’s developmental delay? What do I as an adoptive parent need to be aware of? It is a well-known fact that all children need a wellRead More...
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Persistent diarrhea in orphan child.

Persistent diarrhea in orphan child. By: George Rogu M.D. 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,Read More...
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Adoption Doctors is back

We were away for a few years and now we decided to come back online with all of our medical and educational material for all to learn from Stay Tuned!Most of our classes are made, our online Medical Archives is in place and our Discussion forum is ready to become active. Dr George Rogu
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Popular Adoption Articles

Adoption Issues Bedwetting Adoption Stress and International Adoption Reactive attachment disorder Newly adopted post-institutionalized children Signs that a child has been sexually abused Post-Adoption Medical Examination Infectious Diseases Giardia H. Pylori Hepatitis B Hepatitis C HIV Infection Immunization records Positive PPD Salmonella enteritis Streptodermia Syphilis at birth Tuberculosis Diabetes in small children   Gastro-Intestinal DiseasesRead More...
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Why is the newborn screening program important for…

As a general rule of thumb, medical information and testing of children that are being placed for international adoption is limited.  While the newborn screening is not an essential test in order to make a decision about accepting a referral, it is another piece of medical information that can make the decision process a littleRead More...
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Just a case of late night misunderstandings

As I mentioned in my introductory post that I would write about real life experiences that families with Internationally Adopted children have in the immediate Post-Adoption period in the medical field. Today I will write about little Jeremy who is only 6 months old, and only recently arrived to the United States from Guatemala. WhileRead More...
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"From the Eyes of the Adoption Doctor"

Being a physician and sharing in the lives of my families and young patients is what pediatrics is about. Every child has a story. Children that are internationally adopted have their own unique story. I wanted to somehow document my experiences with these families and share my experience with the internet community. "From the EyesRead More...
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Who benefits from celebrity adoptions?

By Simon Hooper for CNN (CNN) -- The world's worst-kept secret was confirmed on Friday as Madonna flew out of Malawi after her nine-day "humanitarian mission" having apparently made arrangements to adopt a 13-month old boy. Read full Story at CNN: Who benefits from celebrity adoptions?
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ETHIOPIAN ADOPTION: Preparing to know your child.

Ethiopia in 2006 has become one of the top 5 countries for American adoptions. This attraction is heightened by the beauty and appeal of the children, their ethnic diversity and their religions which encompass the Judaic, Christian and Muslim traditions. However as one of the highest ranking countries in the world for maternal mortality, malnutrition,Read More...
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Are eye problems and other visual disturbances more…

Are eye problems and other visual disturbances more prevalent in the internationally adopted child when compared to the general population? Poor visual acuity is one of the most important medical factors that can contribute to poor behavioral, developmental and academic achievement in a child if left untreated. The actual country of birth of the childRead More...
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Positive Test for Hepatitis C on the Adoption…

Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by infection with the hepatitis C virus. The virus causes liver inflammation, which interferes with proper liver function. It can eventually lead to severe, permanent liver damage and cirrhosis and may be complicated by liver cancer. Because the initial symptoms are mild, hepatitis C often goes unnoticed untilRead More...
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Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) on the Adoption Medical…

While reviewing the adoption medical abstract you may come across a cardiac finding that may require further investigation. It is important to determine if there is any cardiac abnormality which may affect the development of the child. There are some congenital heart conditions (those that you are born with) which can occur for a varietyRead More...
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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 inRead More...
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ADHD characteristic behaviors are resulting from early trauma,…

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 child's attentional difficulties are resulting directly from early traumatic exposure. The generally accepted standard of care for children with ADHD is medication or behavioral intervention with or without medication. Alternative treatmentsRead More...
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Blind Referral Evaluations. Does one really need it…

The pre-adoption medical evaluation is performed by an adoption specialist and is not mandatory to complete your adoption. It is however strongly reccomened by both adoption agencies and adoption professionals that this be done. I personally feel that it is a worth while service because the adoptive parent is connected with an adoption medicine specialistRead More...
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Why are Adoption Education Classes important for Adoptive…

After speaking with numerous Adoption Agency directors, I came to the conclusion that because of the 2007 Hague accreditation process and Department of State regulations many agencies have been struggling with the educational component of the accreditation process. I had spoken with some agency directors and they informed me that they have been trying toRead More...
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