If your child was over one

The majority of babies/children who die of cot death are under 1 year old, and most likely to be under 6 months old. However, a small number of older children will die suddenly and unexpectedly too – about 3 children each year, in Scotland.

When a child over 12 months dies suddenly and unexpectedly the death may be referred to as Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI), or SUDC (Sudden Unexpected Death in Childhood).

For many parents, getting their child safely through their first year heralds a sign that “all is well” and they often heave a sigh of relief that cot death is one less thing to worry about. As with all sudden and unexpected infant deaths, the shock is immense when it happens.

If your child was over one year old when they died suddenly and unexpectedly, please accept our sincere condolences. Please be assured that the Scottish Cot Death Trust is here to help and support you in any way we can. Click here to find out more about our support.

Further information and support is also available from SUDC UK