State of child health report 2017

Just published (Jan 2017), the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’ report:  State of Child Health in the UK.

Key messages include:

  • 1 in 5 children in UK living in poverty
  • Infant mortality – UK ranks 15th out of 19 Western European countries
  • Smoking in pregnancy – higher in UK than many European countries
  • Breastfeeding – mothers in more affluent more likely  to breastfeed than those in deprived areas
  • Obesity – 1 in 5 children in first year of primary school are overweight/obese
  • Smoking – more prevalent among teens in deprived areas.