When taking your child to the doctor for a well-child visit, the appointment normally includes a physical exam, checking your child’s growth and development, vaccinations, and asking your doctor any questions you may have. Now, the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) is recommending that doctors add another component to these visits: screening for poverty.
Research shows that toxic levels of stress in early childhood can result in physiological changes that increase the risk of cognitive and physical developmental problems in adolescence and adulthood. The infographic below, "Toxic Stress: Here Today, Here Tomorrow" illustrates what toxic stress is and its impacts, and also highlights some findings in Texas.
The Brookings Institution is talking this morning about how to help disadvantaged kids overcome chronic stress. See our new infographic that shows how children born to unmarried parents are exposed to stressful environments as newborns and even before birth.