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U.S. Ranks 29th in Infant Mortality

Posted by Jane Akre
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 10:59 PM EST
Category: Major Medical, Protecting Your Family
Tags: Premature Infants, Premature Births, FDA and Prescription Drugs, CDC

The CDC reports the US infant mortality has not improved much since 2000.




IMAGE SOURCE : Wikimedia Commons/ premature infant/ author: Hallbrianh


Federal data indicating how often newborns survive, ranks the U.S. with Poland and Slovakia – 29th in the world.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued its latest data from 2004.  And the CDC reports that the statistics have not improved much since 2000.

The U.S. infant mortality rate was 6.86 infant deaths per 1.000 live births in 2005, the last year for which data are available. Compare that to data reported from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put the number in 2000 at 6.89 deaths per 1,000 births.

28,000 U.S. infants died before their first birthday ranking the U.S. behind Cuba, the CDC reports.

That means the US is slipping further behind other developed countries, despite the fact that it spends more per capita on health care than other countries.

In 1960, it was 12th in the world, though even more babies died.

The CDC points to an increase in the number of premature births, up nine percent during that period. Premature births and the corresponding low birth weight are the primary cause of infant mortality.

Japan ranked in third place behind Singapore and Hong Kong. Japan’s infant mortality rate is 2.8 infants per thousand live births; Singapore 2.0; and Hong Kong 2.5.  Rounding out the top ten are Sweden 3.1; Norway 3.2; Finlnd 3.3; Spain 3.5; Chech Republic 3.7; France 3.9 and Portugal 4.0.

And while the numbers of premature infants is up, so is the ability to help them survive with drugs such as prenatal steroids that help a baby’s lungs develop. 

An increase in the number of multiple births, twins and triplets from fertility treatment, has added to the increase in infant mortality.

The number of underweight infants has increased to its highest rate in 40 years, particularly in the southern states of Mississippi, South Carolina, and Louisiana.  The numbers come from the annual Kids Count report on America’s youth.

The Healthy People goal for 2010 is for 4.5 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. The current rate is about 50 percent higher than that goal.   # 

1 Comment

Anonymous User
Posted by Michael Ryan
Monday, October 20, 2008 4:27 AM EST

I've examined infant mortality rates in electoral wards around twenty-eight incinerators in England & Wales and have always found high rates of infant deaths in the locations where exposure to PM2.5 emissions from incinerators is high.

Greater London has 625 electoral wards and the 23 that had zero infant deaths in the 5-year period 2002-2006 were free from emissions from the ten incinerators that impact on parts of London.

London also had 52 wards where the 2002-2005 infant death rates ranged from 9.0 per 1,000 live births to 15,1 per 1,000. The electoral ward with the highest rate is one of the least deprived in London and is part of a cluster of wards affected by PM2.5s from three incinerators.

The largest single group of zero infant death wards is a cluster of four wards that's seven miles upwind of the nearest incinerator.

I live in Bowbrook ward, Shrewsbury & Atcham Borough Council, and the 2002-2006 infant death rate in my ward is 14.7 per 1,000 live births, ie nearly three times the average rate for England & Wales. There's an incinerator at Shrewsbury Hospital near my house and my wife & I have buried two of our four children. Our only daughter died at 14 weeks of age 23 years ago & I've been researching health issues to try and stop further unnecessary tragedies. More information at LINK

Kind regards,

Michael Ryan,

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