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Old Apr 3rd, 2017, 16:12 PM   1
x Zaly x
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Breath attacks


Hey everyone I'm just wondering if anyone can relate or give me some advice. My nearly three year old has been taking "breath attacks" or at least thats what the doctor called them when it first happened. She first took one when she was a year old and it has been happening on and off since..whenever she gets really upset and cries a lot and can't catch her breath, i can see she's trying her best to catch it but it makes her panic and her face turns all blue until she either passes out or manages to catch it on time. She has only passed out twice because of this. Once when it first happened at a year old and once tonight. She stopped breathing for what seemed like forever but was about a min at the most and passed out on my shoulder and i had to shake her to wake her, it was so scary. Once she was awake she was really floppy and seemed exhausted so I gave her a drink to help her feel better and liven her up. She is completely fine now like she usually is after this happens but I'm starting to wonder if there is something more to this? When I took her for a check up the first time I was told some children do this and usually grow out of it but she doesn't seem to be at almost three years old..

Does anybody else's child do this and do you think I should take her back to the doctors for a second opinion? x



 
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Old Apr 4th, 2017, 01:46 AM   2
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My ds2 had a couple and my dd has them. Most of hers are near misses but she had a proper one the other week getting her out of the bath. She passed out but i was calm and counted, it was only about ten seconds then she came round.
My daughters it is very typical and she is completely fine when she comes round.
It's horrible and I was so worried about it, I've posted in here a couple of times about it! It is very harmless but if you're worried you could get a second opinion or even try to video it



 
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Old Apr 4th, 2017, 03:23 AM   3
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It's called breath holding. It's common in small children and they usually grow out of it. They are more likely to do it when very upset or when they've hurt themselves. My son used to do it as a baby and young toddler (never so long he passed out though) but he has since grown out of it (he's 4.5 now). It is harmless and involuntary, they aren't doing it on purpose.

Here's more info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breath-holding_spell



 
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Old Apr 4th, 2017, 13:29 PM   4
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I've heard other mums on here say that blowing in their face helps them catch their breath before they pass out.



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Old Apr 4th, 2017, 18:02 PM   5
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Thanks for the information and advice ladies.

noon_child : i will try that next time it happens thank you x



 
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