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What health issues are adopted children prone to?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Children who are adopted both internationally and from within the United States are two to three times as likely to have developmental problems as nonadopted children. Adopted children are also more likely to have behavior problems and attachment issues. Internationally adopted children often do not come with completely accurate records including date of birth and often have infectious disease issues like intestinal parasites or nutritional issues like anemia. They need careful, thoughtful evaluation and monitoring. There are pediatricians who specialize in international adoptions and who are knowledgeable about specific health issues; it's worth seeking one out in your area.
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