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Spritz's child mortality spotlight

Holy sheet. In 1800 almost half of the kids born didn't make it to their 5th birthday. A hundred years later, 33% didn't. So I honestly think pre-schoolers should shut the f-ck up and quit complaining about their parents, school, and especially what's for dinner.


Then again, kids need to take risks to grow.


Child mortality in the United States 1800-2020

Published by Aaron O'Neill,

Jun 21, 2022



The child mortality rate in the United States, for children under the age of five, was 462.9 deaths per thousand births in 1800. This means that for every thousand babies born in 1800, over 46 percent did not make it to their fifth birthday. Over the course of the next 220 years, this number has dropped drastically, and the rate has dropped to its lowest point ever in 2020 where it is just seven deaths per thousand births. Although the child mortality rate has decreased greatly over this 220 year period, there were two occasions where it increased; in the 1870s, as a result of the fourth cholera pandemic, smallpox outbreaks, and yellow fever, and in the late 1910s, due to the Spanish Flu pandemic.

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