Maori, Pacific babies still at high risk of cot death, with poor housing partly to blame

Many of the 44 babies who died of cot death in 2015 were living in damp, cold conditions - including converted garages and even cars.

A report released today shows rates of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) have dropped drastically, but not for everyone.

Maori babies are still almost seven times more likely to die unexpectedly in their sleep than non-Maori, non-Pacific Island babies. Pacific Island babies are almost four times more likely to die, according to the Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee's report.

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