Child deaths due to homicide, suicide, and unintentional injury are all deemed potentially preventable, and responsive to interventions designed to reduce these deaths. Infant death rates in Maryland were higher than US death rates during the past decade.
Maryland’s child death rates decreased from 60.5 deaths per 100,000 children in 2015 to 59.6 in 2016. In 2016, 987 children ages 0 - 21 died. Death rates were higher among children 19-21 years old at 95.7 deaths per 100,000; compared to children 0-18 years, at 53.9 per 100,000. Mortality was highest among non-Hispanic Black children, 88.8 per 100,000, compared to 43.4 per 100,000 among non-Hispanic White children, and 49.8 per 100,000 among Hispanic children.