Being Born to Mothers under 30 linked to Childhood Death
- Child mortality rate has reduced by 50 per cent in the past 20 years.
- But mothers below thirty are putting their children at risk of death.
- Between 30 and 34 accounted for 11 per cent of deaths up to nine years old.
- The research was led by the Institute of Child Health at UCL.
A new study has revealed that those children who are born to mothers under thirty years of age are likely to die than those who are born to older mothers.
The research was led by the Institute of Child Health at UCL and it looked at why children in the UK die by using the death registration data from January 1980 to December 2010.
While it is true that child mortality rate has reduced by 50 per cent in the past 20 years, the young maternal age was found to be a risk factor for death in early childhood. Therefore, the report suggested that support should be extended to mothers of all ages and not just the first time teenage ones.
The research that looked at the case of England, Scotland and Wales in specific found that the difference in mortality between children of mothers under the age of 30 and those born to mother between 30 and 34 actually accounted for 11 per cent of all deaths up to nine years old.
This, the report said is equivalent to an average of 397 deaths in the UK each year.
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Source: Agency News Sep 30, 2013
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