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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

Children from an orphanage setting may have Giardia.

I’ve heard that children from an orphanage setting may have Giardia. Is this an infection? A parasite? Is it communicable? Giardia is an intestinal parasite that uses the human being as the primary host for infection. Giardia organisms also infect dogs, cats and beavers as well as other animals. These animals contaminate water with feces […]

Circumcision and the Internationally Adopted Child

Circumcision and the Internationally Adopted Child Upon arrival to your home, it is recommended to schedule an introductory medical evaluation with your pediatrician within the first week. This is to ensure there are no acute medical conditions that may require immediate care. A full post adoption evaluation is usually performed at a later date, once […]