'One in 40' babies have defect

As many as one in 40 babies is born with a birth defect in England and Wales, according to the most comprehensive study to date. The most common anomalies are congenital heart defects.

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Study: Hearth defect most common anomalies in babies

The most common form of anomalies in newborn babies in 2011 were congenital heart defects.

Here are the numbers of babies estimated to have been born with various anomalies in 2011:

  • Congenital heart defect - 4,461 (28% of all babies born with a defect)
  • Defects of the nervous system - 1,739 (10.1%)
  • Problems with the digestive system - 1,223 (7.7%)
  • Cleft lip or palate alone or alongside other defects - 1,143 (7.2%)
  • Down's syndrome - 1,973 (12.4%)

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