Sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI)

Date Published: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Dr Christine McIntosh talks about sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI). Christine is a general practitioner working as GP liaison in children’s health at CMDHB and is a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland. Christine is passionate about SUDI prevention and has been researching this topic for over 16 years.




  • What is SUDI?
  • How common is SUDI in NZ?
  • What is the SUDI sequence?
  • What does safe sleep look like?
  • Safe sleep calculator and assessing risk?
  • Risk of further events in a family?
  • Is there a role for baby monitors or apnea monitors?
  • Car capsules and foam inserts?


Take home messages

  • Do an objective assessment
  • Consistent “PEPE” message in line with that of midwives and wellchild providers.
    P - PLACE baby in his or her own baby bed
    E - ELIMINATE smoking in pregnancy, in the whānau and in the home
    P - POSITION baby on his or her back to sleep
    E - ENCOURAGE and support mum, so baby is breastfed.





Christine McIntosh
General Practitioner

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