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Breath Holding Spell? Help!
October 9, 2011 at 7:19 PM

 So, a few nights ago, my twin boys were in the bathtub, and as usual when I took Cameron out, he started to cry because he loves bath time. As Daddy sat him down on the towel to start to dry him off, he suddenly stopped crying. As we looked at him, his eyes were rolling in the back of his head, and he was stiff as a board from his neck to toes. We of course picked him right up and he stayed that way. We ran into the livingroom and by then he had stopped breathing. He was white as a ghost, lips purple, his eyes were very distant and his body just limp. I called 911 frantic saying that my baby was dead (Thats what I honestly thought). My fiancee just kept rubbing his back and yelling to him, and after about 45 seconds he gasped for air and started breathing again. The ambulance got here, checked his vitals and said everything seemed normal. While we were waiting at the ER, the more I thought about it, the more I thought it seemed like it could be a seizure, plus, both of my parents had seizures at young ages. After a while of checking vitals and monitoring his breathing, they did a CT scan, and it came back normal. The emergency room doctor said it was a "breath holding spell". She said sometimes children cry until they pass out for attention pretty much. I just dont think shes right. My sons are 18 months old and I dont think they are at the stage to do something like that on their own. And the way he went completely stiff and stopped breathing just doesnt sound like a "normal thing" (what the doc told me) to me. I have a lot of friends with kids the same age as mine and this has never happened to them. The doctor told me to take cpr classes and try to make them not cry. How thats possible with an 18 month old I have no idea. We have a follow up appt with his pediatrician on Wednesday and she is going to refer us to a neurologist. This whole incident has me scared to death for him to do anything. Has this happened to any of your children before and if so, how did your doctor diagnose it and what did you do to stop it? Any advice would really be appreciated. Thanks in advance!



  • mrsnoble2004
    October 9, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    I've never heard of anything like that. Good Luck

  • goddess99
    October 9, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    I never heard of that before.. I would wait and see what the pediatrician has to say. Good luck. Very scary.

  • buella
    by buella
    October 10, 2011 at 6:10 AM

     BUMP for more views because IDK

  • goddess99
    October 10, 2011 at 9:34 AM


  • .Angelica.
    October 10, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    That's really scary. I've never been through anything like this before. Hopefully the doctor will be more helpful.

  • jltplk25
    October 10, 2011 at 11:09 AM
    I've heard of kids holding their breath to get what they want but I don't think I've ever heard of them passing out from it. I hope it's just the child's way of throwing a tantrum and it isn't anything serious. Best of luck!!
  • abmaddox1981
    October 10, 2011 at 11:13 AM
    I would call the pediatrician. ER docs are looking for a simple solution. He may need an EEG or MRI instead of a CT.
  • mom2gr8tgirls
    October 10, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Wow...scary!!!  I'd be looking for a second opinion.  My oldest did that once.  She didn't get her way (she was about 2) and she held her breath.  She actually held it until she passed out.  But as soon as she passed out she started breathing again.  She never went stiff like that though.  I don't think it was just holding breath.  I'd definitely be talking the to pediatrician.  I trust ER drs as far as I can throw the whole hospital.  Good luck!!

  • annas_momma
    October 10, 2011 at 12:28 PM

     i have heard of it happening with kids as young as 18 months.  my friends niece used to do it.  it wasn't so much that she would hold it on purpose, but she would get so worked up that she would hold her breath until she passed out.  it happened for almost a year.   i have no idea if she ever went stiff or not.

    i would def talk to your pedi about it and go see the neurologist.

  • mandax3lyn
    October 10, 2011 at 8:04 PM

     Thank you all for the kind wishes, and advice. I will keep you all posted after Wednesday at the pediatrician! <3

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