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 […]

Sickle Cell Disease in adopted child

What do I as an adoptive parent need to know about sickle cell disease? Is it a serious condition, and can it be managed safely here in the USA? Sickle cell anemia is a genetic disease that causes abnormal red blood cells. Children with sickle cell disease can be vary from being very sick and […]

Worries about HIV infection in the orphan child

Worries about HIV infection in the Adopted child. This question is not so simple as it would appear. First we never say whether someone should or should not adopt someone, because children can be adopted with HIV infection to avail the child of the myriad opportunities for treatment that are available in the United States. […]