BRITAIN is failing children’s health in 13 out of 16 key areas, a report warns.
We are doing worse on most measures compared with 14 other developed nations including Australia, France, Germany and the US.
Death rates for babies under 28 days rose from 2.7 in every 1,000 in 2013 to 2.8 in 2016 — compared with 1.7 in Sweden.
The UK also has the fourth highest mortality rate, with no improvement since 2013.
The report found just one in three babies were breastfed at six months, compared with nearly two in three in Sweden.
Childhood obesity is among the worst in the Western world, the Nuffield Trust found, with the UK having the second highest proportion of overweight girls after the US.
And the uptake of jabs for illnesses such as whooping cough and meningitis has fallen.
The report’s author Dr Ronny Cheung said the findings should “set alarm bells ringing” about the effects of cuts to public health and early years services.
Dr Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said for every £1 spent on kids’ wellbeing, £10 is gained back.
He added: “It’s a failure of the system that child health gets so little political attention.”