SUDC is not new, but is rare and its incidence is approximately 1 death per 100,000 children. Based on 2016 statistics provided by ONS for England and Wales 42 children aged one – nineteen years were affected by SUDC.​

Based on the ONS statistics for 2016 codes R95-R99, those affected sudden unexplained death in 2016 occurred in:

  • 25 children one-four year olds
  • 4 children five-nine year olds
  • 0 children ten-fourteen year olds
  • 13 children fifteen-nineteen year olds

For all healthy children SUDC is the 3rd leading category of natural death in England and Wales. (Not including underlying congenital malformation or violent/accidental death. This follows Cancer, Influenza/Pneumonia)

To put this into context, in 2016 there were 446 one-four years old deaths in England and Wales. 5.6% of which were sudden unexplained deaths, more than deaths due to fires and drowning.

SUDC can affect children of any age from one-nineteen. However, it appears to be most prevalent in toddlers and children in their late teens. It is not restricted to the UK and more information from the WHO and CDC database is available from the SUDC Foundation website.

© SUDC 2018

© SUDC 2018

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