Does anyone else have a child who throws tantrums & tries to scream but holds his breath to the point he turns purple!? My son is a year & 7ms old & just did this! I'm very concerned because I thought I had to call 911 but he suddenly got up & acted like nothing happened! I'll be calling his pedi tomorrow but need to know if this has ever happened to anyone else?
If they hold their breath until they pass out, then they will start breathing again and wake up with a headache and eventually quit. Any pedi will tell you to ignore it or punish the tantrum and let them breath hold if they still want to.
I work in child care and have a set of twins who tend to do that exact same thing. I have only witnessed them a couple of times because they are always well behaved for us compared to their parents. There Mom took them to the doctor and was told that it was normal and they would out grow it! :-) It is scary the first time it happens.
by Anonymous 2
July 5, 2013 at 10:08 PM
my dd does.they told me she will either pass out or start breathing again and to ignore her either way she will start breathing again
my brother did that when he was a baby. he would turn purple and pass out for a few seconds. it scared our mama to death, but he's fine. well, i *GUESS* he's fine. he's 27 now and still lives at home with our parents. and he doesn't work. and he's dropped out of community college like 4 times. yeah, he's definitely fine.