Why Pediatricians should Screen Children for Poverty

Source: TIME Magazine

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a report recommending that Pediatricians should assess children on their poverty status. According to research, studies show that children from impoverished homes are more likely to have chronic, long-term health problems and such a factor should be considered early on.

Children exposed to poverty are likely to have insecure housing, irregular meals and unstable home environments which all can contribute to more chronic diseases and poor brain development. According to TIME Magazine, 1 in 5 children lives in poverty in America.

AAP’s recommendation has outlined guidelines for doctors to address to the issue with all of their patients and furthermore to offer sources that alleviate conditions for impoverished families, by linking them with local food banks and secure housing.

Read full story at: TIME Magazine

Health, Justice & Poverty, News
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