babies, health

Looming American Infant Mortality

As much as the United States claims to be the leader of the world in technology, business, medicine, intellectualism, politics and sheer might you would think we could fix our perpetually embarrassing infant mortality problem.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States tallies about six deaths for every 1000 live births before their first year. Among industrialized countries, the United States is only ahead of Latvia, but tied with Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovakia. Continued research points to race and income gaps in health care which is undoubtedly telling about how our nation cares for its most vulnerable citizens. In fact, black babies are twice as likely to die in infancy than their white and Hispanic counterparts.

Health Reminder

Be sure to take your baby to the scheduled well baby check-ups. A pediatrician should see your baby at these times:

* Within the first month
* Two months old
* Four months old
* Six months old
* Nine or fifteen months old
* 12 months old

Reading Resources
What to Expect the First Year, Second Ed

The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (Revised and Updated Edition)

Your Baby’s First Year: Week By Week (Your Pregnancy Series), Second Edition

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