Please see the 12 steps regarding how to support families after an SUDC tragedy. (Erin Bowen, MD. Contemporary Pediatrics, 1 Nov 2018)
Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) is a category of death in children/adolescents/teenagers, ages 1-18, that remains unexplained after a thorough investigation, which must include an autopsy, examination of the death scene, and a review of the child’s and family’s medical history.
Most often, SUDC occurs in seemingly healthy children during sleep. This unimaginable nightmare impacts around 400 families each year, however it is felt that this number is greatly underestimated. SUDC is believed to be rare; occurring in about one in every 100,000 children. However, it is not known exactly how often SUDC occurs. Because of inconsistencies in death certification practices and because the World Health Organization (WHO) lacks a specific way to record sudden and unexplained deaths in children that have been thoroughly investigated, it is impossible to know how widespread the problem is.