Self-Care Essentials for New Parents

Self-Care Essentials for New Parents As a new parent, you hardly have time to catch your breath, let alone indulge in a self-care pampering session. However, you can’t give your baby the care and love she deserves if you’re not taking care of yourself too. That means you have to find time for self-care, even […]

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 […]

Institutional Autism, secondary to orphanage living

Institutional Autism, secondary to orphanage living conditions. Many children who are available for international adoption have either been placed in hospital-run orphanage or a classic institutional care setting for a multitude of reasons. These reasons range can from illness or untimely deaths of biological parents, to the parents’ inability to care for the child’s basic […]

Child tested positive for syphilis at birth?

“My referral’s medical info states that the child tested positive for syphilis at birth?  What further questions should I ask – can I still consider this referral?” A diagnosis of congenital syphilis is very difficult to establish because clinical signs of infection may not be apparent and many times the blood tests are unreliable. Syphilis […]

Special needs newborn with bilateral clubfoot.

My referral is a special needs newborn with bilateral clubfoot. What is this condition and is it correctable? Clubfoot is a very common birth defect. It appears more commonly than any other birth defect. Approximately one baby in 300 is born with a clubfoot and there seems to be a greater number of boys to […]

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 […]

Internationally adopted child be screened for H. Pylori

Should an Internationally adopted child be screened for H. Pylori even if he/she seem asymptomatic? The incidence of H. Pylori is very low in children of industrialized countries. The incidence increases by a small amount every year and it dramatically increases after the age of 20 years. Transmission is usually by person to person contact, […]