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Cot death (sudden unexpected death in infancy)

It is devastating for a family when a baby dies. Cot death is when a baby dies suddenly in their sleep. This is also called sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Support from others can help you and your family get through this very difficult time. The organisations listed below can help with information and support for parents, grandparents, friends, and whānau.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed September 2016.

For information about reducing the risk of a baby suddenly dying, see:

Safe sleeping for babies

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