Local Child Death Trends (Press Release)

by Public Information Officer, Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 02:00 (2505 days ago)

Taylor County Child Fatality Review Team
**********For Immediate Release**********

Local Child Death Trends

The Taylor County Child Fatality Review Team has identified a trend in local child deaths.

From 2010 through 2011, there were 18 child deaths reviewed by the Taylor County Child Fatality Review Team. 83% of those deaths were linked to prematurity, diseases, and disorders.

While many of these deaths were not “preventable”, the Taylor County CFRT wants to stress the importance of proper pre-natal care and genetic screening for diseases and disorders.

Pre-Natal Care

  • As soon as a woman realizes she is pregnant, she should immediately consult a health care professional to not only confirm the pregnancy, but to begin a proper pre-natal care regimen.
  • Prenatal care is extremely important in determining the eventual health and wellness of the child.
  • Many birth defects have been linked to the mother's health and behavior during pregnancy.
  • While proper diet is essential to good health all the time, nutrition during pregnancy is particularly important.

Genetic Screening for Diseases and Disorders

  • Prenatal diagnostic testing uses blood tests and ultrasounds to determine abnormalities in the fetus.
  • This helps medical professionals identify “high-risk” pregnancies.
  • Early detection enables medical personnel to place the mother in the correct medical facility prior to birth.
  • While screening cannot “prevent” diseases, early detections equips the parents with accurate information. Some conditions can be surgically corrected after birth.

As a team, we want to encourage all mothers to seek medical care as soon as they suspect they are pregnant. Services like www.text4baby.org can assist mothers by sending free text messages throughout the pregnancy and first year of the baby’s life. Those text messages address issues such as pre-natal care, labor and delivery, breastfeeding, safe sleep, nutrition, among many others. It is a free service provided by the National Healthy Mother’s Coalition and the Texas Department of State Health Services.


Sgt. Lynn Beard
Abilene Police Department
CFRT Media Representative

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