Author Archives: Deborah Borchers, M.D.

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Ask AF: Keeping a Child’s Immunizations on Track

Ask AF: Keeping a Child’s Immunizations on Track

Answers to your parenting questions.

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Picky Eaters

Solutions for Picky Eaters

Food fights are frustrating battles for parents. Whether your child arrives home as a young infant or has spent years waiting for a family, you should expect food to present some challenges. In some cases, eating habits may be set in foster or institutional care, but in many cases, they are a normal part of childhood development. Here's an overview of the problems with picky eating, and how to respond.

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Testing a baby for vision and hearing problems

Healthy Eyes and Ears

Your newly adopted infant has a lot of information to take in. Proper screening will ensure that he's tuned in.

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Immunization records for adopted children

Ask the Doctor: Immunizations

We don't know whether our recently adopted child's immunization record is accurate. Also, shes missing several immunizations. What should we do?

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Sensory integration disorder

Ask the Doctor: Sensory Integration Disorder

Our medical expert explains sensory integration disorder in adopted children, and everything parents can do to help children lead normal, happy lives.

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Early intervention

Ask the Doctor: Early Intervention

Our expert explains everything parents need to know about early intervention. What children are eligible? How much does it cost? Which services are good?

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A doctor checking an African American baby for sickle cell anemia

African-American Health Concerns: Sickle Cell Anemia

Our child is African-American. What should we know about sickle cell anemia?

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Information on adoption and baby formula

Adoption Medicine — Formula Facts

Use the following guidelines to help you and your child's doctor make the best formula choice for your infant.

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Overcoming adoption sleep problems may take some time

Overcoming Sleep Problems

Our newly adopted child has problems sleeping. Some nights, she will resist being put to bed, and will wake up several times through the night. How can we help her get a good night's sleep?

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