Plan to reduce infant mortality rates in Croydon being drawn up
AN ACTION plan to help cut infant mortality rates in Croydon is being drawn up.
Concerns about the number of children dying in their first year or bring stillborn have already prompted an analysis by health officials of causes.
Now the action plan announced in the latest public health report will aim to cuts the rates.
Figures show that 4.3 per 1,000 children die in their first year in Croydon, compared with 4.7 in London as a whole and 4.3 in England and Wales.
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Figures also show in Croydon 7.4 per 1,000 babies are stillborn compared with 5.5 in London and 5.1 in England and Wales.
The figures translate into a total of 78 infant deaths between 2008 and 2010.
Kate Woollcombe, acting joint director of public health, said: "Infant mortality is an area where historically we have compared badly with the rest of country."
She said there had been a gradual reduction since 2008 but it was felt the figures were still high.
The in-depth study showed causes of infant mortality included mothers who smoked, those not taking ante-natal classes until late in their pregnancy and obesity.
Ms Woollcombe said it was also found younger mothers and those born outside the UK were at higher risk.
The report also raises concerns about the uptake of the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccination.