Key Findings from the fourth wave of data collection from the Infant Cohort in Growing Up in Ireland were published this week. The report presents findings based on mothers’ reports on the general health of the children at 7/8 years of age, their development and health behaviours, as well as stability and changes from the age of 9 months.
Mothers in families with the lowest incomes were twice as likely to report concerns about their child’s development compared to those on highest incomes. Levels of overweight and obesity, as reported by the parent, were stable overall since they were last recorded at age 5. However, there were many children moving in and out of the healthy weight, overweight and obese categories over time. There were no significant differences in weight status by gender, but low income families were more likely to report their child was overweight or obese.