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Impacts of Family Poverty on Infants I HSC Unit 1 Human Lifespan Development

Last updated 4 Dec 2023

Family poverty can have significant impacts on infants, including:

  • Delayed physical development, such as lower birth weight and slower growth.
  • Poorer cognitive development, such as reduced language skills and lower academic achievement later in life.
  • Increased risk of mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression.
  • Higher risk of chronic health conditions, such as asthma and obesity.
  • Lower access to quality healthcare, education, and nutrition, which can further exacerbate the effects of poverty.

These impacts can be both short-term and long-term, and can have lasting consequences for the child's physical and mental health, as well as their future prospects. Efforts to reduce family poverty and improve access to resources can help mitigate these negative impacts on infants.

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