New focus on babies' and children's health as review launches

A major new review into improving health outcomes in babies and young children has launched. It will look at reducing inequalities in young children from birth to age 2-and-a-half.
GP with a mother and baby patient

The aim is to ensure every baby is given the best possible start in life.

The first 1,000 days of childhood are critical for development, and have a significant impact on physical health, mental health and opportunity throughout life.
However, children living in households in the lowest socio-economic groups have significantly worse health outcomes than other children. These can be caused by stress and smoking in pregnancy, as well as communication problems due to language inequalities.

The review is part of the government’s commitment to levelling up the country and helping every child reach their full potential.

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