Child Health

Data are for the U.S.

Health status
  • Percent of children aged 5-11 years who are in excellent or very good health: 86.3%

Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2018, Table C-5c pdf icon[PDF – 134 KB]

  • Percent of children aged 5-11 years who missed 11 or more days of school in the past 12 months because of illness or injury: 3.2%

Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2018, Table C-6c pdf icon[PDF – 136 KB]

Obesity
  • Percent of children aged 6-11 years who are obese: 18.4% (2015-2016)

Source: Health, United States, 2018, table 21 pdf icon[PDF – 9.8 MB]

Health insurance coverage
Access to care
  • Percent of children under age 18 years without a usual source of health care: 4.3%

Source: Summary Health Statistics Tables for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2018, Table C-7c pdf icon[PDF – 173 KB]

Mortality

Children aged 1-4 years

  • Number of deaths: 3,830
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 24.0

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality data (2018) via CDC WONDER

Children aged 5-14 years

  • Number of deaths: 5,450
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 13.3

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality data (2018) via CDC WONDER

Leading causes of death

Children aged 1-4 years

  • Accidents (unintentional injuries)
  • Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities
  • Assault (Homicide)

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality data (2018) via CDC WONDER [PDF – 2 MB]

Children aged 5-9 years

  • Accidents (unintentional injuries)
  • Cancer
  • Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality data (2018) via CDC WONDER

Deaths: Final Data for 2017, table 6 pdf icon[PDF – 2 MB]

Children aged 10-14 years

  • Accidents (unintentional injuries)
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide)
  • Cancer

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality data (2018) via CDC WONDER

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Page last reviewed: October 30, 2020