Health Issues with Newly Adopted Children

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Health problems are a primary concern for parents considering adoption. Dr. Jane Aronson, an international adoption doctor and the founder of Worldwide Orphans Foundation, discusses about the common health issues found in internationally adopted kids. We’ll discuss fetal alcohol syndrome, parasites, AIDS, attachment issues and the typical affects of institutionalization.

Highlights of the show (click to expand)
  • What is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD)?
  • What is the risk of FASD in different countries?
  • How does the prenatal environment shape a child?
  • What are the causes and risks association with low birth weight?
  • What are the birth weight trends in different countries?
  • What countries have the lowest risk of long-term health issues in children?
  • What issues are associated with transracial adoptions?
  • What are the issues and options for girls who have experienced female genital mutilation (FGM)?
  • What are common sleep issues among adopted children?
  • Is co-sleeping helpful for adopted children with sleep issues?
  • What is psychosocial dwarfism and how does it affect orphans?
  • What is the rate of tuberculosis in orphans?

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