Sudden Unexpected Death of an Infant (SUDI)

Baby sleep and safety

What is SUDI?

SUDI is short for ‘Sudden Unexpected Death of an Infant’, also known as SIDS or ‘cot death’. It means the sudden, unexpected death of a baby from no known cause. It is still not clear what causes SUDI. Some factors are thought to work together to reduce the risk of SUDI, but they may or may not help prevent any one SUDI death. What is clear however is that the safety of your little one is paramount and in order to reduce the risk of SUDI it is vital to follow the safe sleeping recommendations from Change for our Children, to ensure they sleep safely.

Safe sleeping recommendations

All babies in all cultures and at all times need these 6 conditions to protect them from SUDI.

  • Having a smoke-free pregnancy and household
  • On their back for sleeping
  • Breast feeding your baby
  • When asleep a clear face and head free from hazards that can lead to suffocation
  • Sleeping with baby in your room for the first 6 months
  • Ensuring your baby sleeps in its own bed, especially if premature, born small or your family is not smoke free

The babies that are safest from SUDI have all 6 factors present.

For more information on how you can help to protect your baby from SUDI:

For more information see Baby sleep or Baby Care