Effects Of Poverty On Children And Poverty

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Adolescent and Infant Poverty

Imagine living in a community where every minute of every day where somebody is hungry, under clothed, and at risk of death because that person is poor. Now imagine waking up and the biggest problem of the day is which sweater to wear with which jeans. Wealthy people around the world are not aware of how immense an issue poverty is and are sometimes hesitant to believe the scale that poverty has risen to. Without the upper classes understanding poverty families who are disadvantaged cannot be adequately helped. Poverty occurs in all countries. Child poverty affects child development, school life, and home life.

In today’s society infants and adolescents are more likely to be raised in poverty. Yasemin Ozkan
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A direct effect of poverty in adolescents is an increased risk for under nutrition and overweight due to food insecurities (Engle and Black). Low income families are hungry twenty five percent of the time and often suffer from malnutrition (Ozkan). Hanson said, “living in poverty places adolescents at high risk of problems across a variety of domains, for example poor housing.” Low-income families have an increased chance of living in a poor neighborhood with exposure to violence and less family support (Govender). Yasemin Ozkan said, “Adolescents living in poverty often are socially isolated and are painfully aware of the shame associated with poverty.” Older orphans show a problem with anxiety or depression, while younger orphans show a problem with being nice and talking (Govender). Poverty is sad because that adolescent does not experience any fun activities or make friends. Many poverty adolescents do not have friends because everybody sees that person as gross or not dressed well enough to be seen with. Over three-fourth of poverty orphans are depressed or have other problems that is not that orphans…show more content…
A poor infant is more likely to be born prematurely, at low birth weight, have a birth defect, have a disability, have fetal alcohol syndrome, or have AIDS/HIV (Govender). Kaymarlin Govender stated that early health problems often emanate from poor prenatal care, maternal substance abuse, and poor nutrition during pregnancy, maternal lifestyles that increase the likelihood of infections, and living in a neighborhood that contains hazards affecting fetal development. After birth, poor infants are more likely to suffer injuries, have a sickness, and possibly die (Govender). During childhood, poverty is implicated in many diseases, including respiratory illnesses (Govender). Govender stated that poverty, also, is associated with an increased likelihood of dental caries, higher blood lead levels, iron deficiency, stunting, and sensory impairment. Kaymarlin Govender said that these outcomes likely reflect an array of conditions associated with poverty, including inadequate nutrition, exposure to tobacco smoke, failure to receive recommended immunizations, and inadequate access to health care. Pregnant women that live in poverty should try and receive Medicaid, food stamps, or some help so the infant will be born healthy and have no effects. Many infants born in poverty will have defects and will not be able to receive treatment because the parent does not have the money to pay for healthcare,

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