Crib videos offer clue to mysterious child deaths, showing seizures sometimes play a role

Dr. Marco HeftiNeuropathologist Marco Hefti, MD, and other experts investigate possible causes for sudden unexplained death in childhood, the Associated Press reports.

It’s hard for autopsies to find evidence of a seizure so using video from home monitors to reevaluate deaths “is actually very clever,” said Dr. Marco Hefti, a neuropathologist at the University of Iowa who wasn’t involved with the study but has also investigated SUDC.

“It’s not that parents need to be stressing out, panicking about every febrile seizure,” he cautioned. But Hefti said it’s time for additional research, including animal studies and possibly sleep studies in children, to better understand what’s going on.

SUDC is estimated to claim over 400 lives a year in the U.S. Most occur during sleep. And just over half, about 250 deaths a year, are in 1- to 4-year-olds.

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Monday, February 12, 2024