By  Children’s Health Defense Team

Widespread inconsistencies in death certification mean that the U.S. public health agency is almost certainly underestimating how often such deaths occur, report authors say.

When a child 12 months of age or older dies unexpectedly and no one can figure out why, the death goes into a catch-all mystery basket called “sudden unexplained death in childhood” (SUDC). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that close to 400 children died suddenly and without a clear cause of death in 2017 and 2018, respectively, but a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) questions the CDC’s figures. According to the university researchers and medical and forensic experts authoring the study, widespread inconsistencies in death certification mean that the U.S. public health agency is almost certainly underestimating how often such deaths occur.

Boys represent the majority of SUDC cases, and…