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. […]

Reader’s Question of Tethered Cord…

Reader’s Question of Tethered Cord… During fetal development the spinal cord occupies the entire length of the vertebral column, this cannot persist because when the child or the adult bends this may cause a kink in the blood supply though the spinal cord. Surgical transaction to the thickened cord tends to halt the progression of […]

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 coxofemoral joint is 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 […]

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 […]