The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Marie McCullough recently spoke with Jay Greenspan, M.D., the Robert L. Brent Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at Nemours/Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, about the decrease in infant mortality rate over the last decade.
McCullough reports that federal researchers found that in 2005, 6.9 of every 1,000 infants, never made it to their first birthday. In 2014, that number dropped to 5.8.
The article cited the three primary causes for infant mortality: birth defects, prematurity and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Dr. Greenspan credits folic acid supplementation for the decrease in mortality due to congenital malformations, and safety campaigns for safe sleep, breastfeeding and car seats which impacted overall mortality rates.