Health Statistics
Leading Causes* of Infant Death, Illinois, 2011
Deaths to Illinois residents – Under age 1
Cause of Infant Death Number
of Deaths
All Causes 1062
Disorders related to short gestation and low birth weight, not elsewhere classified 229
Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities 199
Newborn affected by maternal complications of pregnancy 77
Newborn affected by complications of placenta, cord and membranes 45
Sudden infant death syndrome 40
Accidents (unintentional injuries) 40
Neonatal hemorrhage 25
Respiratory distress of newborn 24
Bacterial sepsis of newborn 17
Necrotizing enterocolitis of newborn 16
Diseases of the circulatory system 15
Diarrhea and gastroenteritis of infectious origin 13
Atelectasis 13
Intrauterine hypoxia and birth asphyxia 12
* The list of causes of death for infants is different from the list for those ages 1 and over.