International Adoption

Monday, October 21, 2013

Adopting a child from another country can result in some questions and concerns. Dr. Edward Hill addresses some of these concerns and discusses care for a newly adopted child in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Most internationally adopted children arrive in good health. Your child must have a medical exam in the country he or she is from in order to get a resident visa, an official form that says your child can legally live in the United States.

If the child has no obvious illnesses, its often good for you to wait two to four weeks before his or her first visit with your family doctor. It will give you time to watch for any problems he or she may be having.

Children adopted from other countries do have a higher rate of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, parasites and hepatitis B. Its a good idea to make sure your familys vaccinations, such as hepatitis B, are up to date before your child arrives. Many of the common infections are easily treated or arent easily given to other people.

Watch your childs development over the first three months. You may find that with better nutrition, direct attention and love, your new child will grow quite a bit.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.