Facts about Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood

  • Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) is a category of death in children between the ages of 1 and 18 that remains unexplained after a thorough investigation, including an autopsy.
  • Most often, a seemingly healthy child goes to sleep and never wakes up.
  • At this time, we do not know what causes SUDC, how to predict it or how to prevent it.
  • A medical examiner or coroner could rule a child’s death SUDC when s/he completes a thorough evaluation and finds no other cause of death.
  • See additional facts about sudden unexplained death in childhood via our Statistics and Frequently Asked Questions pages.
  • See the National Organization for Rare Disorders' report on SUDC. 


Facts about The SUDC Foundation

The SUDC Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3). The SUDC Foundation is the only organization worldwide whose purpose is to promote awareness, advocate for research and support those affected by SUDC. The SUDC Foundation provides all services at no cost to the people it serves.

For additional information visit our Mission, Vision and Value web page.