Desperate parents resort to imaginative and sometimes dangerous improvisations to pacify a crying infant. One measure that has actually received physician endorsement in popular parenting publications is to set the inconsolable baby, often suffering from colic, in a car seat on an engaged clothes dryer or washing machine. The warmth, rhythmic noise, and vibration together have the desired soporific effect. As the following case report illustrates, placement of car seats on vibrating elevated surfaces can have life-threatening side effects as well.
A 7-month-old male was brought by ambulance to the emergency room after suffering an apparent seizure.