Children born to teenage mothers are more likely to be born with low birth weight. Low birth weight is associated with several infant and childhood disorders and a higher rate of infant mortality. Low birth weight babies may experience complications, such as brain bleeding, respiratory distress syndrome and intestinal problems.
In addition to increased health risks, children born to teenage mothers are more likely to experience social, emotional and other problems. They are less likely to receive proper nutrition, health care, as well as cognitive and social stimulation. As a result, they are at risk for lower academic achievement.
Children born to teenage mothers are at increased risk for abuse and neglect. Boys born to teenage mothers are 13 percent more likely to be incarcerated later in life. Girls born to teenage mothers are 22 percent more likely to become teenage mothers themselves.