There were 2,636 infant deaths (aged under 1 year) that occurred in England and Wales in 2017, a decrease of 0.6% compared with 2,651 in 2016.
There were also fewer live births in England and Wales in 2017 and this meant the infant mortality rate increased to 3.9 deaths per 1,000 live births compared with 3.8 in 2016.
The infant mortality rate decreased from 12.0 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1980 to a record low of 3.6 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2014; since then it has increased to 3.9 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2017.
There were 219 unexplained infant deaths in England and Wales in 2016, an increase compared with 2015 (195), but still lower than in 2006 (285).
In 2016, the unexplained infant mortality rate rose to 0.31 deaths per 1,000 live births, however, the rate was not significantly higher than the 2015 rate (0.28) but was significantly lower than in 2006 (0.43).
Unexplained infant deaths accounted for 8.3% of all infant deaths occurring in 2016, compared with 7.6% in 2015.
Live births, stillbirths and linked infant deaths for babies born in a given calendar year in England and Wales, and associated risk factors including gestational age, birthweight, mother's age at birth and ethnicity.
Analysis of children's and young people’s views, experiences and suggestions to overcome loneliness, using in-depth interviews, the Community Life Survey 2016 to 2017 and Good Childhood Index Survey, 2018.
This article explores how the UK is faring in important areas of well-being compared with the member states of the European Union (EU) and the member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).