Understanding the Risks of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy

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Sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) is the sudden and unexpected death of an apparently healthy baby within the first year of life. Although SUDI can occur whilst a baby is awake, most deaths occur whilst the baby is asleep, with a peak incidence between two and four months of age.

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In Australia, sudden unexpected death in infancy accounts for approximately 3 deaths out of every 10,000 births.


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Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at
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