Health of children in Scotland ‘among worst in Europe’ – BBC News

The children in Scotland have more health issues than those of other European countries. The possible reasons for this and their affects are discussed here. If you plan to live in Scotland and have children this would be good information to acquaint yourself with. Health is important and poor health in childhood means bigger issues down the road.

Key Takeaways:

  • An “alarming” gap between rich and poor is risking the health of the youngest generation, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) report warns.
  • More than half (53%) of new mothers in wealthy areas exclusively breastfeed their children for six weeks, but that figure drops to 15.4% in the most deprived areas.
  • Almost 30% of pregnant women in the most deprived areas are smokers, compared to just 4.5% in wealthier parts of the country.

“The Scottish government said it was committed to ensuring the best start in life for children.”