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The well-being of children in the UK$
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Jonathan Bradshaw

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428370

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428370.001.0001

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Physical health

Physical health

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The well-being of children in the UK

Jonathan Bradshaw

Karen Bloor

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the physical health of children and their health behaviour. The topics covered include child and infant mortality, birth weight, immunisations, self-reported health, longstanding illnesses and chronic conditions, non-intentional accidents and injuries, HIV/AIDS, sexual health and teenage conceptions. It describes smoking and alcohol consumption, diet, obesity and physical activity. The analysis is restricted to children aged 16 or under, although in respect of sexual health, data on young people aged 16–19 is reported. The key factors linked with mortality, low birth weight, longstanding illness are presented. The most common forms of longstanding illness found among children were conditions of the respiratory system and skin complaints. There are two common conditions in childhood where increases in prevalence have been reported — diabetes and asthma. It could be argued that child health is impervious to the activities of health professionals.

Keywords:   child health, child mortality, infant mortality, birth weight, immunisations, sexual health, respiratory system, skin complaints, diabetes, asthma

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