The following is a general outline on approaching care of a refugee or immigrant child.
Comprehensive Health Screen –In addition to a general history and physical, providers should be aware of the unique health care needs of the immigrant or refugee child. The following are examples of what a pediatrician should consider when evaluating the health of an immigrant or refugee child:
- Nutrition (under-nutrition, malnutrition, vitamin/ nutrient deficiency or obesity)
- Exposures (lead, opium, heroin, betel nut, herbal treatments)
- Infectious Diseases (endemic to country of origin)
- Mental Health (depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder)
- Cultural Practices (female genital cutting or traditional cutting)
Access- connect children with public benefits and ensure that there is proper access to healthcare while in the States. (more…)