National WIC Association

Childhood morbidities among income- and categorically eligible WIC Program participants and non-participants

Sparks PJ. Childhood morbidities among income- and categorically eligible WIC Program participants and non-participants. J Child Poverty. Mar 2010;16(1):47-66.

This research explored the associations between childhood morbidities among income-eligible and categorically eligible WIC participant and non-WIC participant groups in a diverse, nationally representative sample of children. Results indicated significant differences in the maternal sociodemographic profiles of eligible child WIC participants and non-WIC participants. According to the results, once the matched pairs were compared, there were no significant differences between child WIC participants and non-WIC participants in the following areas: child asthma, respiratory illness, severe gastrointestinal illness, or ear infection diagnosis; or with mothers who rated their health as poor.