The American Academy of Pediatrics’ new research entitled, Timing and Duration of Pre-and postnatal Homelessness and Health of Young Children, provides new insights into the impact homelessness has on children’s health.
The findings are as follows:
- Infants who experienced homelessness for more than six months after birth were more likely to be developmentally at risk, have a history of hospitalizations and be in fair or poor health compared to those who had never experienced homelessness. For those who experienced homelessness for less than six months, they were more likely to be reported as being in fair or poor health.
- Toddlers who experienced homelessness for less than six months after birth were less likely to have a history of hospitalization compared to those with six months or more experience of homelessness and those who never experienced homelessness. They were more likely to be at developmental risk and underweight status.
- Children who experienced homelessness before and after birth were more likely to have a history of postnatal hospitalization, fair or poor child health, and be developmentally at risk. Those who only experienced pre-natal homelessness tended to be hospitalized after birth and have fair or poor health conditions compared to children who did not experience pre-natal homelessness. Children who experienced post-natal homelessness were more likely to be hospitalized and be at risk of developmental delays.
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