Arch Dis Child 57:882-884 doi:10.1136/adc.57.11.882
  • Short report

Infant mortality in developing countries


In developing countries, mortality among the under-fives is greatest during infancy. Limited data indicate that about 80% of these infant deaths occur in the first 6 months of life and two-thirds of the postneonatal deaths occur before 6 months. These findings strongly suggest that more attention should be focused on the causes of death in the very young infant.