Here you'll find the best adoption medicine articles, checklists, and downloads from the Adoptive Families archives—medical resources useful before and after you adopt.
- Beyond Growth Charts
An inadequate diet may affect more than height and weight. Here's what parents need to know about assessing a newly adopted child's nutritional status.
- The Transition Diet
Expert guidelines on introducing new foods, regulating meal schedules and portions, and addressing feeding challenges in a newly adopted child.
- A Solid Start
How soon after adopting can you transition your child from liquids to solid foods?
- The Right Formula
DHA, ARA, cow's milk/soy, powder/liquid...? An adoption medicine expert guides you through all the different formula options.
- Feed Me!
Formulas, nutrition, and feeding: everything you need to know about filling your child's tummy.
- Choosing Your Pediatrician
Choosing a pediatrician is an important decision for any family, and
one with a slightly different slant for an adopting family.
- Ten Questions to Ask Pediatricians
Take AF's list to your child's next doctor's appointment.
- Misunderstanding Mongolian
it's a good idea to ask your pediatrician to make a note of your child's
- Why You Need Your Child's
Here's what you should know and how to get it.
- When Should You Schedule Surgery?
Here are several factors to consider when scheduling surgery for an
internationally adopted child.
- Post-Arrival Evaluations
How to identify medical problems common to internationally adopted children.
Plus, information about testing in the birth country.
- Vision and Hearing Testing
Most adoption medical specialists recommend having your child's vision
and hearing screened as soon as you come home.
- Post-Adoption Check-Ups
Our experts dispel misconceptions and myths, answer questions, and provide
post-adoption check-up lists to give to your doctor.
RAISING HEALTHY KIDS
SPEECH AND HEARING
- Special Report: Your Child's
Speech and Language Development
Language is the gateway to learning. Here's what you need to know to
foster speech and language skills, and to get help when you suspect
- Learning to Listen
A child who has trouble with speech and language may actually be overwhelmed
by sound. Auditory training, though controversial, may help.
- A Labor to Listen
If the sounds of the world are too much for your child, he may have
an auditory processing problem. Learn how to figure it out and find
- From Their Mouths to Our
It's never too early to assess our children's speech and language development-and
to seek support if needed.
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS