Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children Participation and Infants’ Growth and Health: A Multisite Surveillance Study

This article investigates associations between the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) participation and indicators of underweight, overweight, length, caregiver-perceived health, and household food security among infants ≤ 12 months of age at 6 urban health centers and clinics. In a sample of 5,923 WIC eligible caregivers, 91% were receiving WIC.  After […]

Food Insecurity is Associated with Adverse Health Outcomes among Human Infants and Toddlers

The purpose of this study was to determine whether household food insecurity is associated with adverse health outcomes in a sentinel population ages ≤36 months.  In a sample of 11,539 caregivers of children ≤ 36 months 21.4% were food insecure.  In a logistic regression, adjusting for confounders, food-insecure children had odds of “fair or poor” health nearly […]

Clinical Implications of Household Food Security: Definitions, Monitoring, and Policy

Poverty-related food insecurity is a reality that many clinicians in nutrition and health care encounter either directly or indirectly.

Welfare Reform and the Health of Young Children

A report based on Children’s HealthWatch findings published in the July 2002 Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Welfare sanctions and benefit decreases have serious negative implications for infants and toddlers’ health and food security.

Seasonal Variation in Weight-for-Age in a Pediatric Emergency Room

Abstract: Objective: The authors assess seasonal variations in the prevalence of low weight-for-age among young children visiting the pediatric emergency room of a city hospital. Methods: We analyzed data on 1,1 18 children ages 6 to 24 months who visited the Boston City Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department between July 1989 and June 1992. Medical diagnoses were documented on a randomly selected […]