Scots doctor tells how mums are being forced to water down milk for their children due to lack of cash.
Poverty and low income is seriously affecting children’s health across the UK, according to a report.
Now doctors have called on the UK Government to tackle health inequalities or risk storing up health problems for future generations.
The report launched today by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and Child Poverty Action Group shows poverty and low income contribute “very much” to the ill health of children.
One Scots doctor tells how mums are being forced to water down milk for their children due to lack of money .
Another doctor warns more and more children are suffering constipation due to poor diet – because their parents can’t afford healthy food.
More than 60 per cent of paediatricians who took part in the RCPCH survey said “ food insecurity ” contributed to the ill health among children they treat.
Poor housing, high stress levels among parents and lack of support in deprived areas also contributed to a generation of unhealthy youngsters.
Latest figures show that 30 per cent of all children in the UK – around four million – live in poverty, with projections suggesting this could rise to five million by the end of the decade.
Alison Garnham, chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Day in, day out doctors see the damage rising poverty does to children’s health.
“Low family incomes, inadequate housing and cuts to support services are jeopardising the health of our most vulnerable children.
“We can and must do better to protect the well-being of future generations.
“Re-instating the UK’s poverty-reduction targets would be an obvious place to start.”
In Scotland, more than half of all paediatrician’s who took part in the survey said housing and homelessness were major concerns.