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 contact our Freephone Helpline on 0808 802 6868 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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. The Lullaby Trust is currently funding research to try to find out more about why these deaths occur and anything can be done to prevent them.
To find out more about current research into deaths in older babies and young children please see our research page.