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 […]

Reader’s Question on HIV Infection…

Reader’s Question on HIV Infection…   While there is no cure for AIDS yet, doctors are now able to diagnose infants earlier, prevent mother-to-infant transmission and provide life enhancing treatments for those affected. Dynamics of Perinatal HIV transmission: 1) During pregnancy 2) During labor & Delivery (maternal infant exchange of blood and other maternal secretions […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]