Due to variations in investigations and the way deaths are certified- we do not know exactly how often SUDC occurs. This is why the advocacy work the SUDC Foundation does, and the research it funds is so important. Consistency in recording unexplained deaths, improves our understanding of the magnitude of SUDC and allows for appropriate allocation of resources. The best thing we can do, at this time, is estimate deaths due to SUDC by examining the statistics of deaths with “undetermined” causes. This information is displayed below.
Overall, 60% were male. The majority of deaths (59%) were among 1-4 year olds, where SUDC rates among Black/African American children were more than 2x that of White children.
Thanks to SUDC parent Allison Kramer and the team at Hero4Hire Creative, we have a new tool to help us all raise awareness and explain this little understood phenomenon. In this short, clear and poignant video, Hero 4 Hire Creative manages to capture the facts of SUDC and its raw emotional cost, but somehow still leaves us feeling hopeful and empowered! Thank you to Hero 4 Hire Creative for this incredible holiday gift to the SUDC community!