It is very rare for a baby over six months old to die suddenly and unexpectedly but it does happen. Every year a very small number of older babies and young children die suddenly and no cause of death is ever found. It is incredibly hard for parents to lose a child and for the death not to be fully explained or understood.

If your child has died suddenly and unexpectedly over the age of one we are here to support you.

Volunteer parent Befrienders who themselves have experienced the death of their toddler are available for support. You can also contact our Freephone helpline on 0808 802 6868 or by emailing

In 2014, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that there were a total of 17 deaths in the UK of children aged between one and two years where no cause was found.

Undoubtedly, 17 child deaths is 17 too many. We are currently funding research to try to find out more about why these deaths occur and anything can be done to prevent them.

If you have been affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a child over the age of one, there is a UK charity called SUDC UK. Co-founded by three SUDC bereaved mothers in 2017, it focuses on the “why” so we can better understand the causes and help prevent the sudden unexplained death of children in the future. SUDC UK is dedicated to increasing awareness in the UK, funding crucial research and offers a supportive SUDC community. To contact SUDC UK please email