Breaking News
November 21, 2018 - Smoke-free laws associated with reduced systolic blood pressure
November 21, 2018 - Achieving new guideline blood pressure goals may prevent 3 million cardiovascular events
November 21, 2018 - LDR brachytherapy for treating early-stage prostate cancer lacks conclusive data
November 21, 2018 - Purified omega-3 and aspirin reduce pre-cancerous bowel polyps, shows study
November 21, 2018 - Study warns that potential epigenetic therapy may boost lung cancer stem cells
November 21, 2018 - Noise pollution in hospital impact quality and safety of healthcare
November 21, 2018 - Higher Risk for Amputation, DKA With SGLT2 Inhibitors for T2DM
November 21, 2018 - Researchers stop ‘sneaky’ cancer cells in their tracks
November 21, 2018 - People who are afraid to draw their blood over-estimate the risk of fainting
November 21, 2018 - Personalized physical exercise reverses functional, cognitive deterioration in the elderly
November 21, 2018 - COPD linked to obesity in older women who have never smoked
November 21, 2018 - AHA: Cold-Weather Drinks Are Here, But Watch Out for the Calories
November 21, 2018 - Crowds line up at 1st East Coast pot shops
November 21, 2018 - Merck declares 2018 Life Science Award winners
November 21, 2018 - Many people underestimate the impact of sprains, say foot scientists
November 21, 2018 - Lower levels of protein make squamous carcinoma cells more invasive
November 21, 2018 - Study highlights a new predictor of type 2 diabetes
November 21, 2018 - NTU and TTSH join forces to improve doctor-patient communication
November 21, 2018 - New low-cost injectable hydrogel could help wounds heal faster
November 21, 2018 - Merck Announces Winners of 2018 Life Science Awards
November 21, 2018 - Check your medical records for dangerous errors
November 21, 2018 - Amount of weight regain after bariatric surgery helps predict health risks
November 21, 2018 - Heart failure patients with stronger hearts have more depressive symptoms, lower quality of life
November 21, 2018 - Women can be as resilient as men in undertaking arduous physical activity
November 21, 2018 - Receptor structure could be key to developing new osteoporosis drugs
November 21, 2018 - Researchers identify human white matter pathway associated with individual variability in human stereoacuity
November 21, 2018 - Vitamin D critical to early development of vertebrates, study suggests
November 21, 2018 - Myriad biological, societal factors that impact CKD severity for children of African descent
November 21, 2018 - Isofol Announces Initiation of a Pivotal Phase 3 Clinical Trial of arfolitixorin for the Treatment of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
November 21, 2018 - Experts offer more clarity on managing common ankle fractures
November 21, 2018 - About 300 million bits of DNA are missing from basic reference genome, report scientists
November 21, 2018 - Study explores how the moving brain processes visual information
November 21, 2018 - Biomedical engineers stop cancer cells from moving and spreading
November 21, 2018 - Gut protein mutations protect against spikes in blood glucose levels
November 21, 2018 - First probabilistic atlas of thalamus nuclei to better understand the brain
November 21, 2018 - Peanut allergies could soon have a drug treatment
November 21, 2018 - Vanderbilt researchers isolate antibody that can neutralize West Nile virus
November 21, 2018 - KHN’s ‘What the Health?’ Health nerd books for the holidays
November 21, 2018 - MDMA could help gain trust but does not make one naive find researchers
November 21, 2018 - Study uncovers new mechanism controlling the master cancer regulator
November 21, 2018 - Online communication technologies could stave off depression among seniors, shows study
November 21, 2018 - FDA Approves Gamifant (emapalumab-lzsg) for Primary Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis
November 21, 2018 - Artificial intelligence predicts treatment effectiveness
November 21, 2018 - A bicyclist’s road to recovery after traumatic brain injury
November 21, 2018 - New research project to combat obesity, type 2 diabetes receives NIH funding
November 21, 2018 - Humans play key role in distribution and transmission of Bartonella bacteria
November 21, 2018 - First modeling system developed for testing age-specific human immune responses to vaccines
November 21, 2018 - FDA Alert: Gilenya (fingolimod): Drug Safety Communication
November 21, 2018 - Uric Acid Test: MedlinePlus Lab Test Information
November 21, 2018 - Researchers use genetics to predict response to antipsychotic medications
November 21, 2018 - Proposal to include the price of drugs in television ads is flawed, Stanford scholar writes
November 21, 2018 - Disrupting reproduction strategy of disease-causing parasites could help fight malaria
November 20, 2018 - ACAAI: Almost 2 Percent of Children Have Milk Allergy
November 20, 2018 - Congenital anomalies of kidney and urinary tract – Genetics Home Reference
November 20, 2018 - Can video games improve the health of older adults with schizophrenia?
November 20, 2018 - Can flicking a molecular switch restore the aging immune system’s competence?
November 20, 2018 - Restek launches new Oregon cannabis pesticide standards
November 20, 2018 - Health sector coalition urges Government to safeguard patients in future UK-EU relationship
November 20, 2018 - Study evaluates second-hand marijuana smoke exposure among children
November 20, 2018 - Scientists identify three genes responsible for recurrent molar pregnancies
November 20, 2018 - Researchers identify multisystem disorder caused by bi-allelic variants in CCDC47 gene
November 20, 2018 - Dining Out With Allergies Is Tough, But These Steps Can Help
November 20, 2018 - Breastfeeding protects infants from antibiotic-resistant bacteria
November 20, 2018 - AI matched, outperformed radiologists in screening X-rays for certain diseases | News Center
November 20, 2018 - Adolescents increasingly choose marijuana over cigarettes, alcohol
November 20, 2018 - World’s first medical imaging scanner produces diagnostic scan of the whole human body
November 20, 2018 - Cytocybernetics receives NIMH award to move into neuronal drug development
November 20, 2018 - Researchers discover new information on pathological mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease
November 20, 2018 - ‘Unknown’ enzyme may be key to new treatment for inflammatory diseases
November 20, 2018 - Recreational drug may help people regain trust in others
November 20, 2018 - Researchers identify gene vital for post-stroke recovery
November 20, 2018 - Scientists identify novel target for neuron regeneration, functional recovery in spinal cord injury
November 20, 2018 - Potential new therapeutic approach developed for synovial sarcoma
November 20, 2018 - Skeletal imitation reveals how bones grow atom-by-atom
November 20, 2018 - Autism behaviors show unique brain network fingerprints in infants
November 20, 2018 - Location matters for inflammation clearance
November 20, 2018 - Towards finding a druggable cancer target
November 20, 2018 - Ultragenyx Announces Intent to Submit New Drug Application to U.S. FDA for UX007 for the Treatment of Long-chain Fatty Acid Oxidation Disorders in Mid-2019
November 20, 2018 - Cooling ‘brains on fire’ to treat Parkinson’s
November 20, 2018 - Less pollution could increase the average lifespan of Copenhageners by an entire year in 2040
Separating migrant children from parents at US border tantamount to child abuse

Separating migrant children from parents at US border tantamount to child abuse

image_pdfDownload PDFimage_print

Pediatricians and experts on child trauma are expressing deep concerns regarding the effects of separating migrant children from their parents at the United States borders and what this could bring about in the child as they grow.

Horror stories of children being separated from their parents at the US and Mexico borders are emerging with healthcare experts saying that this could cause long lasting physical and psychological damage to the children. They are asking for the children to be reunited with their parents as soon as possible to minimize the damage. According to the head of the American Academy of Pediatrics, this is “child abuse” and goes against everything that pediatricians stand for. Experts have expressed concerns not as politicians but as scientists.

Border wall in Playas de Tijuana. Image Credit: Chad Zuber / Shutterstock

Border wall in Playas de Tijuana. Image Credit: Chad Zuber / Shutterstock

The course of events started from Mid-April to May this year when the US Department of Homeland Security started separating nearly 2000 children from their parents after their parents crossed over the borders and entered US illegally. These adults were jailed under the new laws of “zero tolerance” for illegal immigration by the Trump administration. The children of these defaulting adults were then transferred to shelters that were run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

According to the figures at the end of May 2018 from the Department of Health and Human Services, these children are held at the facilities for an average of 57 days before they are reunited with their parents and deported back. However not all parents who were deported back could be reunited with their children and many of these children are still in the facilities separated from their parents.

Department of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen assures that these children are take good care of and are provided with healthy meals, education and medical care. Health care professionals however disagree that keeping the children sheltered and well fed is not enough to keep them safe psychologically. There are long term effects on their personalities and development in general, they explain, as a result of this forced separation from their parents.

According to experts, separation from parents and primary care givers can lead to immediate trauma and induce panic in both parents and the children. This leads to elevation of levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. They may develop a rapid heart rate and high blood pressure along with symptoms of stomach upset and headaches say experts. Experts believe that even the youngest of children would be affected by the separation negating assumptions that they are too young to remember.

After the initial shock of the separation wears off the children may stop crying but the underlying distress would remain and keep affecting the children psychologically while their stress levels remain high within. There is deep anxiety and depression that may not manifest outwardly. Over long term the duration of separation has an impact on the psychological well being of the child. There may be psychological conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder and separation anxiety among the child that may lead to anxiety disorders, panic disorders, depression, eating disorders, heart disease, diabetes etc. later in life. Impaired impulse control and delinquency is also a risk among these children in the long term.

A petition to President Donald Trump to stop this policy has been signed by around 7,700 mental-health professionals and 142 organizations. The petition says, “To pretend that separated children do not grow up with the shrapnel of this traumatic experience embedded in their minds is to disregard everything we know about child development, the brain, and trauma.”

Tagged with:

About author

Related Articles