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Death in infancy late 1800- early 1900

Death in infancy late 1800- early 1900

Posted: 4 May 2013 3:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: gravil/marsdin
Im just wondering what was the most common cause for babies to die in the late 1800- early 1900.
I have many many family members who had perhaps an average of 8 children of which at least approx 4/5 of them died under the age of two. Mainly in South Yorkshire.

Re: Death in infancy late 1800- early 1900

Posted: 7 Jun 2013 12:34AM GMT
Classification: Query
Good question. I found this website that might give you some insight.
http://www.understandingyourancestors.com/wea/death.aspx

Re: Death in infancy late 1800- early 1900

Posted: 5 Jan 2014 10:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 7 Jan 2014 6:11PM GMT
Poverty. That is the simplest way to describe the constellation of factors that contributed to high infant mortality. Were the families you mention poor?

Poverty leads to malnutrition, and nutritional deficiencies lower the body's ability to ward off disease. Crowded and/or unsanitary conditions (also reflections of poverty) hasten the spread of disease and limit the chances of survival for those affected by diseases. Tuberculosis was the cause of more deaths in industrialized countries than any other disease during the 19th and early 20th centuries (see link). Cholera, diptheria, small pox, whopping cough, and dehydration due to diarrhea could prove deadly for any person but especially to compromised infants. Many children died from diseases we don't particularly fear nowadays, such as measles and chicken pox and influenza. Some infants died of malnutrition itself (see link in diskoverit's post above). You might be able to find out about specific conditions and specific epidemics in the exact years and places you are studying. There are many social histories and medical histories and social science studies that show that the wealthier your parents were, the better your chance of living to age five.
http://www.123helpme.com/view.asp?id=22339
http://logicmgmt.com/1876/overview/medicine/diseases.htm
http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/contagion/cholera.html
http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/contagion/tuberculosis.html

(the above remains true for millions of children today)
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