“The Lullaby Trust’s track record on research has led to a significant reduction in the number of sudden unexpected deaths in infancy over the last 40 years. Unfortunately, around 500 babies still die suddenly and unexpectedly in the UK each year. In over half of these cases, we never find a medical cause of death. As a clinician and researcher, I am very grateful to the charity for their continued commitment to fund research in order to prevent infant deaths in the future.”
It is incredibly hard for parents to lose a child and for the death not to be fully explained or understood.
Sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) is one of the most common categories of child death. Infection has been recognised as an important possible cause of SUDI, but methods used to test for infection after death are outdated and the results are often unclear.
The research project
The three-year long research project at Great Ormond Street Hospital will use new techniques to investigate whether certain combinations of infection-causing bacteria are associated with SUDI, and whether the presence of these bacteria is related to known risk factors for SUDI, such as sleeping position or infant age.
This ground-breaking research will be led by two Professors at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Professor of Paediatric Pathology, Neil Sebire and Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Nigel Klein.
How you can help
You can help the work towards providing families with an answer to why their baby may have died.
How you can make a difference
If you need support
The Lullaby Trust are also here to provide support whenever it is needed, no matter how much time has passed since the death of a baby. If you would like to talk to one of our Helpline Advisers, please call Freephone 0808 802 6868 or email support firstname.lastname@example.org