About SIDS

What is SIDS?

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, more commonly known as ‘cot death’, is when a seemingly healthy child passes away suddenly. There are a number of speculated causes, but nobody knows exactly what causes SIDS. It is more common in baby boys than baby girls, however there are a number of ways you can help prevent SIDS. Check out the resources and links on this page to learn more about SIDS, how to prevent it, and where to go for support.

“Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) – sometimes known as ‘cot death’ – is the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of an apparently healthy baby.

In the UK, just under 300 babies die suddenly and unexpectedly every year. This statistic may sound alarming, but SIDS is rare and the risk of your baby dying from it is low.

Most deaths happen during the first six months of a baby’s life. Infants born prematurely or with a low birthweight are at greater risk. SIDS also tends to be slightly more common in baby boys.

SIDS usually occurs when a baby is asleep, although it can occasionally happen while they’re awake.

Parents can reduce the risk of SIDS by not smoking while pregnant or after the baby is born, and always placing the baby on their back when they sleep.”

  • NHS Choices

Useful SIDS Links

Need advice?

NHS Direct Helpline: 111

Lullaby Trust Bereavement Support: 0808 802 6868

Lullaby Trust Information Line: 0808 802 6869