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Child Deaths

Volume 19: debated on Tuesday 2 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the major causes of death of children aged (a) under one year, (b) under two years and (c) under five years old, giving their risk in order of their current importance; if he will give the number who have died in each age group from each cause in the last year for which

Major causes of child mortality in England and Wales in 1980
ICDCauseAge Under 1 YearAge Under 2 YearsAge Under 5 Years
760–779Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period3,1333,1373,140
740–759Congenital anomalies2,1132,2182,339
780–799Signs, Symptoms and ill-defined conditions1,0351,0641,065
of which
798·0Sudden infant death syndrome1,0211,0471,048
480–487Pneumonia and influenza458496538
460–466Acute respiratory infections224252282
800–999Injury and poisoning191277495
320–389Diseases of the nervous system and sense organs152202250
001–139Infectious and parasitic diseases126166202
033Whooping cough666
All causes7,8998,3959,085
Broad groups of causes have been selected for this table in order to give an overall view of child mortality. The selection of more specific categories would, of course, change the order of presentation.