Nourishing Beyond Growth Charts

When you adopt, your child may have unique nutritional needs. Here's what parents need to know after adopting a malnourished child.

One parent supplements her child's diet after adopting a malnourished child.
When Cindy Kaplan adopted her son, Jadyn, from Kazakhstan, she didn’t know how profoundly her life would be impacted by her child’s early malnutrition. When Jadyn came home, he was deemed a “failure to thrive”—an imprecise medical term applied when a child’s weight or weight gain is “significantly” below that of children of the same sex and age. At eight months old, Jadyn weighed just 11 pounds and was not strong enough to lift his head. He had endured two ...

How to assess a newly adopted child’s nutritional status and get a malnourished child’s growth on track.


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