The infant mortality rate in the United States rose by 3% in 2022, marking the first increase in two decades.
The rise was observed across various demographics, with significant increases in certain states.
Experts are concerned about the trend, with potential factors including increased RSV and flu infections. (Trending: Donald Trump Loses His Cool At High-Stakes $250 Million Trial)
The year-to-year rate of babies dying in the U.S. had the largest increase in two decades, raising new alarms about maternal and infant health in America.
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“It’s definitely concerning, given that it’s going in the opposite direction from what it has been,” University of Maryland researcher Marie Thoma said.
However, identifying a single cause for the rise is challenging.
“It would appear that some of the states could be having a larger impact on the [national] rate,” the CDC’s Danielle Ely stated.
Ely said the increase “was a bit of a surprise,” according to Time.
The health of a baby is largely linked to the health of the mother, highlighting the broader context of the issue. (Trending: Federal Court Rules Against Gun Owners)
“We don’t live in a vacuum,” Dr. Dennis Costakos, director of neonatal and perinatal medicine at the Mayo Clinic Health System pressed.
“The health of the baby is often directly related to the health of the mother,” he said.
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