After considering the data sources in more detail, this chapter describes health during infancy of the cohort children through investigating the baby's birthweight, its infant weight at 8–9 months and the early nutrition and patterns of breastfeeding. Then, it considers a range of parental and community influences on the baby's health are — namely, parental smoking and alcohol use, immunisation, health problems and other uses of services. Finally, the chapter examines indicators of good health in infancy and concludes with the implications of the findings for child health policy.
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