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I hope this blog will be helpful to you in your adoption whether you are considering, waiting or home. I started this blog when we were adopting and found there was next to nothing on the web in any orderly manner. I set about to collect information for myself and then for others. Now, there are more sites for resources, but still not much that brings it all together. I hope this blog will serve as a sort of clearing house for Ethiopian Adoption Information. Please feel free to contribute your knowledge through commenting.
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Health Issues for Children Adopted from Ethiopia

Here is an excellent article on health issues for children adopted from Ethiopia. It is from the Orphan Doctor site.
If you are about to travel or have recently brought your child home, you should read this BEFORE your first Dr. visit. If you have already been to see the Dr. read it anyway, it will help the next time you go.

If you are in Colorado Springs, I would recommend ABC Pediatrics. They are very good, thorough and knowledgeble on these sorts of things. It was not until we went there (a year after getting home) that our son was successfully treated for Giardia with a new med that is really great.  Medication information: it is 45 ml tinidazole 250 mg/5cc suspension meds. It is the kind that kids who have been resistant to the traditional flagil seem to respond to. It worked and we had two rounds of flagil, and two rounds of something else and one round of another. Right now I don't know what the other two were.

Your child may also have a small scar on the upper arm. That is from a BCG for Tuberculosis. Your Dr. here may not know what that is for.

Circumsision: Well if he isn't that is pretty common. Do as you like, but medically it is controversial if it is even necessary. Most adhere to it is not, but there are some good reasons it may be. I guess it deserves a good search.

If SHE is......... this is also common for older kids anyway. Here is a great link to help for that very sensitive issue. Full Circle
Denver Post
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