Childhood Illnesses and Mortality

Children that were born in the 1700s had a much higher risk of dying because of the unknown knowledge of bacteria and antibiotics and the knowledge of surgery with anesthesia and hand washing. The children that survived illness's often suffered permanent consequences of being blind, deaf, severe scaring and facial bone loss.

During the 1700s infant mortality was approximately 140 out of 1000 live births. The average mother also had 7-8 live births over the span of 15 years. With that being said a lot of babies died at birth. 30% of children died before the age of 15 from dysentery, scarlet fever, whooping cough, influenza, small pox, and pneumonia.

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