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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant where no cause is found after detailed post mortem. Around 250 babies and toddlers still die every year of SIDS in the UK. Since parents and carers have been following the risk reduction advice first promoted in the early 1990s, the number of infants dying has fallen significantly.

  • 212 unexplained infant deaths occurred in England and Wales in 2014, a rate of 0.30 deaths per 1,000 live births. This follows the decreasing trend that has generally been seen over the last decade from 0.5 in 2005.
  • 60% of these deaths were recorded as sudden infant deaths with the remaining 40% recorded as unascertained (where no other cause of death is recorded).
  • Just over half (55%) of all unexplained infant deaths were boys in 2014 (117 deaths)
  • The rate of infant deaths rose for mothers aged 20 to 24 and 25 to 29 in 2014 while the rate fell for all other age groups.
  • 230 unexplained infant deaths occurred in the UK in 2014, a rate of 0.3 deaths per 1,000 live births

Credit: Office of National Statistics, National Records of Scotland and Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency 2016

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