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Children's health

Carol Dezateux, Lucy Foster, Rosemary Tate, Suzanne Walton, Lamiya Samad, Helen Bedford, Suzanne Bartington, Catherine Peckham, Tim Cole and Neville Butler

in Children of the 21st century

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346889
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301783 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346889.003.0005
Children's health

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After considering the data sources in more detail, this chapter describes health during infancy of the cohort children through investigating the baby's birthweight, its infant weight at 8–9 months and the early nutrition and patterns of breastfeeding. Then, it considers a range of parental and community influences on the baby's health are — namely, parental smoking and alcohol use, immunisation, health problems and other uses of services. Finally, the chapter examines indicators of good health in infancy and concludes with the implications of the findings for child health policy.

Keywords: baby's birthweight; infant weight; breastfeeding; baby's health; parental smoking; alcohol use; child health policy

Chapter.  8066 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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