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Breath holding spells I Love my Girls ♥ Due August 4; 2 kids; Maryland 123 posts
19th Jan '11

So yesterday was the worst day of my life my almost 9 month old got herself very worked up and was crying she held her breath and past out I thought she was Dead I called 911 and by the time they got to my house she was a little tired but back to her self they took her to the hospital and decided to keep her over night to run test to make sure it was nothing to serious while we were there I was wipping her down and putting her pj's on when she became upset again at this point she was extremly worked up and I could tell it was about to happen just as I though she did a silent cry held her breath turmed blue and past out I ran her to a nurse in a hall way and she was in a panic calling out all these code and then Tess came to the Doctors witnessed this one and knew right then that is was a "breath holding spell " It is so scary all her test came back normal and we are now home I was wondering if anyone has heard of this or if their kids have ever done it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j2e1NjKAFw This is a video of what it look like this is not my baby the diffrence is that my baby didnt make noise turned blue/purple everywhere and was stiff then completly life less it is not a siezure but they can have them Tess doesnt have a siezure b/c she wakes up within sec. Here is somthing that I found as well
This is a typical scene: A little child is playing happily, something upsets her, she exhales forcefully with a brief, shrill cry -- but she doesn't take another breath. You wait, but she still doesn't breathe. She looks as if she's crying,... but no sound emerges. She begins to turn blue, her face strained, and still she is not breathing. Now she is unconscious, unresponsive, limp; the sight of her lifeless body is terrifying. Now her back arches, and her blue arms and legs begin to jerk uncontrollably. Your heart is pounding, frantic...



Breath-holding spells are perhaps the most frightening of the common, benign behaviors of childhood. Desperate parents often want to splash cold water on the child's face, start mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, or even begin CPR. Thankfully, breath-holding spells resolve spontaneously soon after the child passes out, and unless the fall hurts the child, she will be fine afterwards. The spell usually resolves within 30 to 60 seconds, with the child catching her breath and starting to cry or scream. occur in about 0.1 to 5% of children, usually between ages 6 months to 6 years old.See More

Tickledpinktwice 2 kids; Indianapolis, Indiana 43183 posts
19th Jan '11

Yes,Ali does it when she gets really mad.The pediatrician told me to blow on her face when she does it.It is soooo scary though,especially the first time.
OMG I just saw the video,I could never stand their and watch it.

I Love my Girls ♥ Due August 4; 2 kids; Maryland 123 posts
19th Jan '11
Quoting Tickledpinktwice{GME}:
Tickledpinktwice 2 kids; Indianapolis, Indiana 43183 posts
19th Jan '11
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I Love my Girls ♥ Due August 4; 2 kids; Maryland 123 posts
19th Jan '11
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Teagan's Mommy☠ Due May 20 (boy); 6 kids; Egypt 31882 posts
19th Jan '11

i've never seen it before but i have heard of it.
my mom used to do it when she was a baby! she said my grandma was very concerned and took her to the pedi but thats all it was.

I Love my Girls ♥ Due August 4; 2 kids; Maryland 123 posts
19th Jan '11
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Tickledpinktwice 2 kids; Indianapolis, Indiana 43183 posts
19th Jan '11
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I Love my Girls ♥ Due August 4; 2 kids; Maryland 123 posts
19th Jan '11
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19th Jan '11
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mersadiesmommy 2 kids; Elko, Nevada 11 posts
20th Jan '11

My nephew did this to me when I was babysitting him for my sister. However, he did have a seizure. He was about 18 months at the time, now he's 2 yrs. He did it once before when it was just my sister, and hasn't done it since I was watching him. It really is the scariest feeling. Thinking someone that you love is dying and nothing you do helps. It made me feel better to know that it's quite common in kids and that it doesn't really hurt them unless they fall and get hurt on the way down. I'm a CNA and trained in infant CPR but no amount of training can get you ready for that kind of scary situation. I know how you feel!!

I Love my Girls ♥ Due August 4; 2 kids; Maryland 123 posts
21st Jan '11

Quoting anxiously-waiting03242011:" My nephew did this to me when I was babysitting him for my sister. However, he did have a seizure. He ... [snip!] ... and trained in infant CPR but no amount of training can get you ready for that kind of scary situation. I know how you feel!

So Scary you really dont know how to react and even the nurse that I ran her out to said it doesnt matter how much training or knowledge you have you can NEVER be prepared to see a child look like that well Im glad he doent do it no more and Tess hasnt done it again since Tuesday and I hope she will never do it again. Thanks for sharing your story it feels better hearing it from other Moms instead of having a Doctor tell me it common.

Javier Rivas California 1 posts
8th May '11

My daughter is only 4.5 months old. She sleeps fine but wakes up holding her breath. It's scares my wife and I a lot. I hate seeing how tense her body gets. She hasn't passed out though. This is scary. =(