Preventing Infant Death In New Hampshire

State of New Hampshire, Mar 30, 2007

The New Hampshire Child Fatality Review Committee has begun its’ ninth full year of reviewing fatalities of New Hampshire’s children. The work of the Committee is an effort to ensure the health and safety of the children of New Hampshire and to reduce the number of preventable child deaths.

“Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities” are responsible for 21% of all infant deaths. “Disorders related to short gestation and low birth weight, NEC” are the second leading cause of infant death responsible for 15% of infant deaths.

In 1999, there were 143 deaths in the state of New Hampshire involving children up to the age of 18. This compares with 134 deaths in 1997 and 119 deaths in 1998.

The data shows that the great majority of the child fatalities in New Hampshire are from natural causes and that relatively few children die of preventable injury.

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