The death rate of babies under five months old in England has more than doubled in the past five years, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.
There were 1,717 deaths in the UK between January 2015 and March 2016, a rise of almost 100% over the same period last year.
Of the deaths, almost three quarters were due to anaphylactic shock and more than half were due for reasons of respiratory distress.
This is despite the fact that in 2015, there were 1.2 million fewer babies under the age of one in the country, according the ONS.
The rise in babies under one is partly due to a rise in mothers seeking care for their babies in the first weeks after birth.
But the rise in deaths is also due to the fact there are now more babies than ever.
In 2015, the ONR recorded 6,000 babies dying in the second trimester of pregnancy.
Since then, the number of babies dying at this stage has doubled.
The increase in deaths comes as the UK prepares to introduce its new ‘babies and babies’ bill, which will see the introduction of a baby protection plan, which would see new regulations introduced to ensure all babies under 1 are cared for in the home.
A recent report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said this bill was likely to increase maternal deaths by a further 30,000 a year, with the total amount of deaths expected to be around 1.4 million by 2037.
The study also noted that there is no national standard for a safe newborn nursery, with some nurseries being too small to accommodate a baby.
While the ONSP has already recommended the introduction on the NHS, the government is expected to introduce legislation on the grounds of improving the NHS’s safety net, and the Government has said it is not “actively pursuing” a bill.
If passed, the bill will make it a criminal offence for anyone under the 18 to take a baby into a nursery without a licence.
In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been calling for stricter regulations around the safe care of infants.
In its report, The Case for Safer Care, the CDC said: “We need a more comprehensive approach that addresses not only the safety of children, but also the health and safety of the entire population, including infants.
The evidence suggests that the safest place to start a nursery is in the NICU.”
The CDC recommends that all parents have an adequate supply of oxygen, and a safe and adequate room for newborns.
The CDC also warns that babies should be provided with an early education programme and that they should be cared for properly.
“Infants should be encouraged to learn about and engage in activities that benefit their health, such as breathing, breathing, eating, playing, interacting with caregivers and learning to self-care,” the CDC says.
However, the report also notes that the US has the highest maternal death rate among developed countries, and has been cited as a reason why many countries are not doing enough to address the problem.