Infant mortality increases 3% in the US, the largest increase in two decades

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These are adverse times for the health status of Americans. Yes in 2022 A new decrease in life expectancy was recorded for the second consecutive year, now a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics shows the largest increase in infant mortality in two decades, a barometer in which the world’s leading power has a clear deficit with respect to other developed countries.

The increase is 3% compared to last year or a rate of 5.60 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. The rate of Neonatal mortality increased by 3%from 3.49 to 3.58, and the mortality rate postneonatal by 4% (from 1.95 to 2.02) from 2021 to 2022, with an especially significant increase among non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaska Native infants (7.46 to 9.06), as well as non-Hispanic white (4, 36 to 4.52).

By age, infant mortality rates increased significantly for babies of women between 25 and 29 years old (from 5.15 to 5.37), with worrying rates for African American and Native Indian mothers compared to white and Hispanic mothers. Their babies’ risk of death is double.

He study does not delve into the causes of that increase but cites the complications in childbirth and the sepsis bacteriana of the newborn as two of the top ten reasons of death among these minors. In the background, the pandemic. The majority of babies born in 2022 were conceived in 2021, the year in which the increase in the mortality of pregnant women skyrocketed due to the effects of the virus.

“Today’s data underscores that our inability to better support mothers before, during and after a baby’s birth is one of the factors that contribute to poor child health outcomes,” Dr. Elizabeth Cherot, executive director of the March of Dimes, said in a statement.

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