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Diapers a Cost Struggle for Many

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Thirty percent of US women have had a time when they had trouble paying for the diapers they needed for their children, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics has found.  The cost of diapers, the study found, is one of the most stressful items in the lives of low-income families, and especially single mothers.  More from NBC News:

Thirty percent of the women interviewed for a new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics said they’d experienced a time when they could not afford to buy the diapers their kids needed. And a full 8 percent reported that they would “stretch” the diapers they had when their supply was running short by leaving a wet diaper on their child or partially cleaning the diaper and reusing it.

In fact, worry over how to pay for diapers is now among the top stressors for low-income parents, next to concerns about food and housing, researchers say.

The concerns come as Americans continue to grapple with the effects of the deep recession and weak recovery, which has left many families scrambling to keep up with rising bills. The nation’s median household income declined to $50,054 in 2011. After adjusting for inflation, that’s nearly 9 percent lower than the peak in 1999.

The problem is especially acute for single moms, who tend to already be among the most economically vulnerable. The overall poverty rate was 15 percent in 2011, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Census Bureau. But nearly 41 percent of female-headed households with children under age 18 were living below the poverty line, according to the Census Bureau. That compares to a little less than 9 percent of married-couple families with kids under 18.

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Study: Families with Autistic Kids Earn Less

Monday, March 26th, 2012

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics has shown that families with at least one child diagnosed with autism earn 28 percent less than families without an autistic child.  Further, the study found that parents of autistic kids earn 21 percent less than families where a child has a different health limitation.

CNN.com reports on the findings, which largely cite differences in mothers’ incomes as the source of the discrepancy:

The income discrepancy among families with a child with autism is likely due to mothers leaving the workforce and taking lower-paying jobs, said study co-author David Mandell.

These mothers aren’t just staying at home to take care of their children with autism, says Mandell, associate director of the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research at the University of Pennsylvania.  They’re on the phone arguing with their insurance company about getting services, going to multiple meetings about school, and shuttling kids from provider after provider.

“It’s not that caring for a child with autism is more difficult per se than caring for a child with cerebral palsy, for example, or intellectual disability,” said Mandell, associate director of the Center for Autism Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “But the service system for kids with autism is not as well defined. There’s not as much appropriate treatment available for these kids.”

Approximately 1 in 110 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder.

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