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Why children die: death in infants, children and young people in the UK

Creator:

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and National Children’s Bureau 2014

Subject Keywords: Child Mortality
Topic: Health Inequalities
Health Inequalities
Type: Report
Region: United Kingdom
Description:

Why Children Die: death in infants, children and young people in the UK, has been written by independent experts - Ingrid Wolfe, Alison Macfarlane, Angela Donkin, Michael Marmot and Russell Viner. The report reviews existing UK evidence on child mortality, finding that:

  • In 2012 over 3,000 babies died before age one and over 2,000 children and young people died between the ages of one and nineteen
  • Over half of deaths in childhood occur during the first year of a child’s life, and are strongly influenced by pre-term delivery and low birth weight; with risk factors including maternal age, smoking and disadvantaged circumstances
  • Suicide remains a leading cause of death in young people in the UK, and the number of deaths due to intentional injuries and self-harm have not declined in 30 years
  • After the age of one, injury is the most frequent cause of death; over three quarters of deaths due to injury in the age bracket of 10-18 year olds are related to traffic incidents.

Date:

01/05/2014

Rights: © Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and National Children’s Bureau 2014
Suggested citation:

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and National Children’s Bureau 2014. (2014) Why children die: death in infants, children and young people in the UK [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/763356 [Accessed: 21st September 2019].

  

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