Term: Infant Mortality

Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2008-11-17


An indicator of death among infants within one year of birth. This may include or exclude fragile infants, who are more likely to die. Infant mortality is seen as an indicator of health status, level of health care in an area, and the effectiveness of prenatal care.

For a list of ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 diagnoses codes used to identify causes of infant mortality in the Child Health Atlas Update (2008), please see the Links section below.

For more information, see section 10.10 Infant Mortality in The 2019 RHA Indicators Atlas by Fransoo et al. (2019).

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