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Being homeless at any time during the pre- or postnatal period (before or after birth) negatively affects the health of young children; in particular, children who experience homelessness in both pre- and postnatal and for longer than six months are at the highest risk of negative health outcomes.
The studies were conducted by researchers in Children's HealthWatch, based out of Boston Medical Center (BMC) and published in the journal Pediatrics.
'The stress of prenatal and postnatal homelessness causes a heightened risk of negative pediatric health outcomes compared to never-homeless children.'
The authors emphasize the urgent need to house children and families experiencing homelessness to offset the adverse health outcomes.
Homelessness in the prenatal stages can have adverse outcomes in newborns. However, how much a child's postnatal health is affected by the extent of homelessness during pregnancy and / or the child's early life in vague - the current study sets to look into that aspect.
Study - How the health of young children is affected by the timing and duration of pre- and postnatal homelessness
Researchers interviewed 20,571 low-income caregivers who had children less than four years who visited urban outpatient pediatric clinics and / or emergency departments in five cities across the United States between 2009 and 2015.
The timings of homelessness were categorized into prenatal, postnatal, both, or never; duration of homelessness was divided into two categories, greater than 6 months or less than 6 months.
Questions like how long, and at what point in life was the child homeless were asked to determine if a child experienced homelessness.
They also conducted an assessment of the child to determine
The child's overall condition
If/how often the child was hospitalized
If a child was overweight or underweight
If the child experienced any developmental delays
Among the caregivers -
Prenatal homelessness was experienced by more than three percent of caregivers
Postnatal homelessness by 3.7 percent
Those who reported homelessness in both periods were 3.5 percent
The authors controlled for birth outcomes and other probable confounders in the study.
They found that compared to children who had never been homeless, children who were homeless during both the pre- and post-natal period were at the highest risk for -
Postneonatal hospitalizations
Fair or poor child health
Developmental delays
Children under 1 year who were homeless for more than six months during the first year of life were at high risk of fair or poor health
Children between 1 and 4 years of life who were homeless for more than six months during that period were also at high risk of fair or poor health
The results show that if the child experiences homelessness earlier and longer in development, then there is a significant added up toll of poor health and development outcomes.
Megan Sandel, MD, MPH, pediatrician at BMC and lead investigator at Children's HealthWatch says that "These findings back up what we already knew about how the stress of homelessness affects children's health, but this helps us determine which children are at greatest risk, and makes the argument that policymakers and providers need to intervene to change the trajectory of a child's development."
Poor health outcomes caused by child homelessness will result in more hospitalizations, more use of health care and increase the need for developmental interventions. All this creates substantial family and societal health care expenses.
"As pediatricians, we should be regularly screening families for housing insecurity, including past history and future risk of homelessness," said Deborah Frank, MD, director of the GROW Clinic at BMC and senior author on the study.
She says that interventions that prevent homelessness for families and pregnant women can be extremely useful in addressing housing instability.
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