More Information Than You May Want…

5 Jan

We found out Colin does have a stomach problem, giardia.  This is something for which children adopted internationally should be tested.  We decided to test him though we weren’t sure if he really had symptoms.  Some have no symptoms for giardia but still have it.  Based on what we have learned it is recommended that patients give 3 different samples for testing.  Ideally, they should be spaced a couple days apart.  Our international adoption doctor which we used for Colin’s referral recommended different prescriptions than our pediatrician.  He says that the one commonly recommended by doctors who don’t see giardia very often (unlike the international adoption doctors) has a high rate of being ineffective.  If you are an adoptive parent or pre-adoptive parent you can read more at  I won’t bore the rest of you with details.  Giardia can also be common to children in daycare settings.

Please pray that Colin quickly gets over this “bug” and that Alan and I don’t get it.  We figure that the giardia and ear infection have both caused some irritability and some discomfort for him. 

Some nights Colin is waking up every three hours.  Night can be a hard time for adopted kids because in the orphanage setting it is when they were left alone in the dark.  We respond to him every time he wakes up crying.  This is to help him learn to trust us.  He sleeps sometimes part of the night with us and part of the night in his crib.  When in Russia, we were all three in the same room and I think they may have helped him to sleep better–being able to see us nearby.  We are considering putting a portable crib/play pen in our bedroom.  Another thing we have tried is one of us sleeping part of the night or all of the night in his room on a mattress on the floor.  We have found some other good ideas in one of our adoptive parenting books.

Thanks for stopping by,



3 Responses to “More Information Than You May Want…”

  1. Lyn January 7, 2009 at 12:18 pm #

    We had Caleb in a room with his brother for the first 2 months after he came home and we did not get much sleep. I thought it would comfort him to have his big brother there at night, but I was wrong. We moved C’s crib into our room finally and things improved dramatically right away. He still sleeps in our room and most likely will for some time to come. I just wish we had moved him sooner!
    I’m so glad Colin is home :0) I’m still praying for all of you!
    -Lyn Franks

  2. Debbie Swingle January 9, 2009 at 11:55 pm #

    We have a nightlight in Eli’s room and play some soft music and have a fan in the summer and a humidifier in the winter. The orphanage would be quite noisy with so many other people in and out through the night- he has done very well with this since we brought him home. He does not like the dark, and does not like the door closed all the way- always asking us to leave it open a crack when we go…

  3. Candy January 10, 2009 at 10:20 am #

    ouch- I’m sorry to hear Colin has Giardia! It’s great you had him tested.
    When Igor came home I rubbed him tummy until he fell asleep and again if he woke up in the middle of the night…. exhausting I know but it really did teach him I was there if he was scare, afraid…

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