(USA TODAY Network Louisiana)- When it comes to the overall health of children, Louisiana is near the bottom of the list.
A recent WalletHub study ranked Louisiana as the second worst state in the U.S. for children’s health, accounting for factors such as infant mortality rates, unaffordable medical bills, the number of pediatricians in the state and obesity.
The study found that Louisiana:
- Has the lowest percentage of children with excellent or very good health.
- Has the 48th highest infant-death rate
- Has the 50th lowest pediatricians and family physicians per capita
What can you do to ensure your child’s health? Some factors are in parents’ control, Lorie H. Judson, professor emerita in the Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing, told WalletHub. Making sure children get enough sleep, proper vaccinations and age-appropriate access to psychological care are essential.
Other factors require “larger social action,” argues Candice Belanof, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health.
“The most important determinants of children’s adverse health outcomes are exposure to poverty, poor educational and economic opportunity and racism,” she told WalletHub. Because individual parents don’t necessarily have the ability to shield children from these factors, change on a larger scale is necessary.
You can read the entire study at https://wallethub.com/edu/best-states-for-child-health/34455/