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Children of the 21st centuryFrom birth to nine months$
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Shirley Dex and Heather Joshi

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346889

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346889.001.0001

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Children's health

Children's health

(p.133) Five Children's health
Children of the 21st century

Carol Dezateux

Lucy Foster

Rosemary Tate

Suzanne Walton

Lamiya Samad

Helen Bedford

Suzanne Bartington

Catherine Peckham

Tim Cole

Neville Butler

Policy Press

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

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