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MANAGING HEALTH PROBLEMS DURING THE ADOPTION

One of the greatest anxieties for traveling parents is the possibility that their new child will become ill. New parents worry especially about fevers, respiratory symptoms, and diarrhea. It is useful for the prospective parents to meet with the pediatrician well in advance of the travel date to review some basic precautions and to discuss management of possible illness. Parents should be knowledgeable in how to take the child's temperature so that this information is available if needed.

Perhaps the most useful information a physician can provide to traveling parents is how to reach the physician at home. Ask your pediatrician for her or his e-mail, fax numbers, and on-call phone numbers. In most cases, however, the orphanage physicians are available to care for the child or to refer the child appropriately for more serious conditions. In capital and large cities, the U.S. embassy or consulate will recommend physicians, hospitals, and laboratories in the case of emergency and provide other assistance for parents or for the child. In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics Directory lists foreign members by city and country; occasionally these physicians may serve as local resources for traveling parents.

 

From THE HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION MEDICINE by Laurie C. Miller. © 2004 by Oxford University Press, Inc. Used by Permission.

 

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