Household Food Insecurity: Associations with At-Risk Infant and Toddler Development

Controlling for established correlates of child development, 4- to 36-month-old children from low-income households with food insecurity are more likely than those from low-income households with food security to be at developmental risk. Public policies that ameliorate household food insecurity also may improve early child development and later school readiness.

Variation in breastfeeding behaviours, perceptions, and experience by race/ethnicity among a low-income statewide sample of Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) participants in the United States

The objective of this study was to examine how breastfeeding behaviours, perceptions and experiences vary by race/ethnicity among a low-income sample in the USA. Bilingual interviewers conducted a cross-sectional telephone survey of 767 white, African American or Hispanic mothers who received the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Rates of breastfeeding initiation and […]

Breastfeeding and Health Outcomes among Citizen Infants of Immigrant Mothers

This article investigates the associations between breastfeeding and child health outcomes among citizen infants of immigrant mothers. In a sample of 3,592 immigrant mothers with infants aged 0-12 months, breastfed infants were less likely to be reported in fair/poor health and less likely to have history of hospitalizations compared to non-breastfed infants of immigrant mothers. […]

La allmentacion y el bienstar de los ciudadanos estadounidenses mas jovenes de madres mexicanas centroamericanas, y caribenas.

This study investigated the relationship between participation in federal food assistance programs and maternal and child welfare in the homes of immigrants from the Americas. The comfort level was measured by indicators of home and child food insecurity, child health, maternal depression and child development.

Hunger in young children of Mexican immigrant families

This article measures rates of hunger and food insecurity among young US-born Latino children with Mexican immigrant parents compared with a non-immigrant, non-Latino population.  A sample of 1,310 households with one parent born in Mexico was compared to a reference group of 1,805 non-Latino US-born participants.  Young Latino children had much higher rates of child hunger and […]

Maternal Depression, Changing Public Assistance, Food Security and Child Health Status

This article investigates the association of a positive report on a maternal depression screen (PDS) with loss or reduction of welfare support and food stamps, household insecurity, and child health measures among children aged ≤36 months.  In a sample of 5,306 mothers, those with PDS were more likely to report fair/poor child health, hospitalizations during the […]

Child Food Insecurity and Iron Deficiency Anemia in Low-Income Infants and Toddlers in the United States

Utilizing community-based data from the Children’s Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program (C-SNAP), this article investigates the association between child-level food insecurity and iron status in young children. In a sample of 626 children ≤ 36 months, food insecure children were significantly more likely to be iron deficient with anemia (IDA) compared to food secure children.  IDA is […]

Heat or Eat: The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Nutritional and Health Risks Among Children Less Than 3 Years of Age

This article evaluates the association between family’s participation or nonparticipation in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the anthropometric status and health of their young children. In a sample of 7,074 caregivers, 16% of families received LIHEAP and although recipients had background characteristics suggesting higher medical and social risk, children in LIHEAP […]

Child Food Insecurity Increases Risks Posed by Household Food Insecurity to Young Children’s Health

This article investigates whether child food insecurity (CFI) increases household food insecurity (HFI) and its effects on the health of young child and whether the Food Stamp Program (FSP) modifies these effects.  In a sample of 17,158 caregivers of children <36 months, those with HFI had significantly greater adjusted odds of fair/poor health and being hospitalized […]

Subsidized Housing and Children’s Nutritional Status: Data from a Multisite Surveillance Study

This article examines the relationship between receiving housing subsidies and nutritional health status among young children in low-income families, especially those that are food insecure.  In a sample of 11,723 low-income renter families; children of the food-insecure families not receiving housing subsidies had lower weight for age compared with children of food insecure families receiving housing […]