June 15, 2017, BBC: Northern Ireland child health 'among worst in W Europe' http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-40278243 The health of children in Northern Ireland is among the worst in western Europe, according to a new report. The widening gap between rich and poor is putting the health of Northern Ireland's children at risk, says the report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH). … The report looked at 25 health indicators, from specific conditions such as asthma, diabetes and epilepsy, through to risk factors including obesity, low breastfeeding rates, and mortality. It found that in Northern Ireland in 2014/15, 23% of children lived in poverty, compared to 19% in the rest of the UK. More than 28% of children here were overweight or obese, while less than a third of babies received any breast milk at six weeks - the lowest level in the UK. The Infant Mortality Rate for Northern Ireland in 2014 was just under five deaths per 1,000 live births, compared to just under four deaths per 1,000 births in England, Wales and Scotland.