Key messages 2014

Children-early years challenges

  • Transition to parenthood: A vulnerable phase, which may otherwise maintain inequality
  • Maternal mental health: The scale of the problem is unknown, but poor maternal mental health can foster inequality. A clinical and treatment pathway is being developed.
  • Breastfeeding at 6/8 weeks of age: A recurring performance target.
  • Obesity and physical activity: A national issue with relatively good local levels.
  • Minor illness and reducing accidents: Poor relative performance and high cost.
  • Immunity for infectious disease: A recurring performance target.