Health Statistics
Leading Causes* of Infant Death, Illinois, 2010
Deaths to Illinois residents – Under age 1
Cause of Infant Death Number
of Deaths
All Causes 1,116
Disorders related to short gestation and low birth weight, not elsewhere classified 240
Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities 182
Newborn affected by maternal complications of pregnancy 88
Sudden infant death syndrome 63
Accidents (unintentional injuries) 55
Bacterial sepsis of newborn 36
Newborn affected by complications of placenta, cord and membranes 33
Neonatal hemorrhage 29
Respiratory distress of newborn 28
Diseases of the circulatory system 22
Diarrhea and gastroenteritis of infectious origin 20
Atelectasis 17
Necrotizing enterocolitis of newborn 12
Assault (homicide) 12
Hydrops fetalis not due to hemolytic disease 11
Pulmonary hemorrhage originating in the perinatal period 11
Influenza and pneumonia 10
* The list of causes of death for infants is different from the list for those ages 1 and over.