Around 1.1 million children in the UK have asthma, a lifelong condition that can cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness.
Evidence suggests at least one in 100 children in the UK has an autism spectrum condition (ASC).
There are different causes of blindness in children. Retinopathy of prematurity – or ROP – is a major cause of vision loss and blindness in young children.
Every year in the UK, around 400 children are diagnosed with brain cancer. Many face prolonged and gruelling treatment with surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
Around 2,000 babies are diagnosed with cerebral palsy every year in the UK
In the UK each year, more than 1,000 newborns are likely to lose their life or be permanently disabled after suffering brain injury due to oxygen shortage.
Every year, around 750 babies in the UK are born with Down syndrome, a genetic condition which causes some level of learning disability.
Around 60,000 children and teenagers under 18 in the UK have epilepsy. Sadly, up to one third of these young people carry on having seizures despite trying medication, meaning life can be difficult and unpredictable.
Around one in every 150 babies in the UK is born with a heart defect, a problem which doctors call congenital heart disease.
We know that babies and children are vulnerable to infections. Meningitis can kill within hours and newborn babies are particularly at risk.
Some women experience complications during pregnancy which can involve the mother’s health, the baby’s health or both.
Around 61,000 babies are born prematurely in the UK every year. Premature birth is the biggest killer of babies in the UK.
75% of rare diseases affect children.
Around one baby in every 1,900 born in the UK has sickle cell disease. Children with sickle cell disease face a lifetime of ill health.
Around 3,900 babies are stillborn each year in the UK – 2.6 million worldwide
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