Tuberculosis Screening in the Adopted Child

Tuberculosis Screening in the Internationally Adopted Child Tuberculosis is an infection caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which differs in many ways from the bacteria that cause other childhood infections. Because of these differences, the usual antibiotics prescribed for simple childhood infections are not effective. Children are exposed to tuberculosis when they inhale the contagious […]

Worries about HIV infection in the orphan child

Worries about HIV infection in the orphan 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. […]

Salmonella infection in the Internationally adopted child

Salmonella infection in the Internationally adopted child Salmonella There are two main types of salmonella there is the “normal salmonella that we think of in this country which is acquired through undercooked foods. There is also something called salmonella typhi or typhoid fever. They are both salmonella infections. Normally however when we say salmonella infection […]

Persistent diarrhea in orphan child.

Persistent diarrhea in orphan child. 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, chronic diarrhea is a […]

Syphilis test positive 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 test are unreliable. Syphilis […]

Positive PPD in the Internationally Adopted Child

Positive PPD in the Internationally Adopted Child Positive PPD The purpose of the tuberculin (PPD) skin test is to identify people who have the tuberculosis germ in their bodies. Many times these people feel perfectly fine without any symptoms. This germ is generally dormant requiring many years and a weakened immune system before causing real […]

Persistent diarrhea in orphan child.

Persistent diarrhea in orphan child. 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, chronic diarrhea is a […]

Can immunization records from orphanages be relied upon

Can immunization records from orphanages be relied upon To revaccinate or not is a very heated and emotional decision that all adoptive parents need to face with the help of their general pediatrician. While obviously, the safest and the most accurate way is to just revaccinate every child regardless of immunization records. Unfortunately, this method […]