What are those things on my child's face and body?
They look like a wart and they can be anywhere, sometimes even on your newly
adopted child's eyelids. They are often Molluscum Contagion. Caused by a
virus, usually contagious in group settings and they don't look very nice.
Sometimes they spread, sometimes they go away by themselves - don't be surprised
if after your child is home a few months they wake up in the morning and
a few are in the bed linens. How to take care of them?? See a dermatologist,
follow their advice, don't be surprised if they suggest doing nothing for
a few months. Do not bathe other children in the same bath water of the
infected children - they can be contagious.
What is that stuff on my child's scalp?
Looks like old fashion "cradle cap" but it isn't. It's often a fungus, more often from East Africa, rarely from West Africa. Tough to get rid of. See a dermatologist. One thing that often works is "Seleene Gold Shampoo" - a prescription. Apply with a Q-tip - might work, worth a try.
What is that stuff on my child's skin?
Small bumps, itch like crazy? Sounds like scabies - very common in children's group settings. Can be anywhere, all over the body, between toes and fingers, etc. See a dermatologist - you too can get them.
What is that smell that makes us want to move out when my child has a bowel movement?
Sounds like Giardia, a not so pleasant parasite - sort of like having the flu for a long time. Lots of gas, bloated bellies, skinny bodies, not much muscle, and a "distinctive odor", like nothing you want to smell again. Tough to get rid of. Clears up with medication, can return. See an infectious disease doctor. Some doctors say it's contagious, some say it isn't. Often from drinking water. Very common in the 3rd World, lots of it in North America too, sometimes called 'Beaver Fever'.
What are those things crawling out of my child's diaper, bottom or mouth?
Yup, we're serious, worms, sometimes get coughed up. All different types,
some are roundworm, tapeworm, Ascaris, hookworm and many more. Tough to
detect - labs often miss the eggs. Can be stubborn to treat. Vermox
and Combatrim are often used. Lab tests should definitely
be repeated: We "dewormed" our kids three times, we'd get rid of them, we
thought, they'd return because the medicine missed eggs. See your pediatrician,
see an infectious disease doctor if necessary - push your pediatrician to
treat - some want to wait for a positive lab test which is difficult, some
want to wait to see the worms, in the meantime your child is suffering.