48 babies died from SUDI in 2017

Here are some of the key facts from our latest factsheet on Sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI).

  • Over 500 babies died from SUDI between 2008 and 2017, including 48 babies in 2017.
  • Pacific and Māori babies had five times the rate of SUDI as European/Other babies in 2013–17.
  • Babies of younger mothers (younger than 25 years) had higher SUDI rates than babies born to mothers in older age groups.
  • The SUDI rate for babies living in the most socioeconomically deprived areas (NZDep2013 quintile 5) was 15 times as high as babies in the least deprived areas (quintile 1). 

Visit our SUDI page for more information.