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January 1960

Health Problems of Infants and Preschool ChildrenMortality and Morbidity

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1960;99(1):67-73. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1960.02070030069012

In a previous report1 of a study of infants and preschool children attending the Well Child Conferences conducted by the Minneapolis Health Department during the months of April, June, and July, 1957, it was found that (1) 37% of the presumably well infants and children had at least one health problem; (2) 29% had one health problem, 6.7% had two health problems, and 0.6% had three health problems; (3) children having a higher frequency of health problems included those in the age level 49-60 months, the nonwhites, and the boys; (4) while the pattern was not entirely constant, children in the first few years of life seemed to have a lower frequency of health problems; (5) the commonest problems identified included skin and respiratory diseases, with cardiovascular, orthopedic, genitourinary, allergic, and nutritional problems appearing next in frequency, followed by eye, gastrointestinal, and ear conditions; (6) the most frequent individual

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