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July 21st, 2011, 03:10 PM
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Does anyone else have experience with breath holding spells? My youngest is currently doing this. What can I do? What should I do? Any input/experience is appreciated.
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July 22nd, 2011, 02:28 PM
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Just ignore it. When you hold your breath, the worst that can happen is temporarily passing out (and it rarely reaches that level for a child). When you pass out, your body automatically starts breathing again, and you wake up. (Obviously you should make sure there's nothing dangerous in the way if he falls.) If you want to try something just for the sake of trying something, try tickling.

It's so weird that you bring this up ... I saw an Andy Griffith episode a couple of weeks ago for the first time in yeeears, and that was in it! One of Opie's so-called "friends" (bad boys) was doing this, so Opie tried it, too. Andy ignored him. It was hilarious.

Kids will try anything to test you or ruffle your feathers. As long as you stay calm, they'll realize it doesn't work.
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October 13th, 2011, 06:35 AM
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I can't ignore it. We went to the doctor and they are thinking he is having some sort of reflex seizure. He is now not just passing out, but his body goes stiff and when he comes to, he is very very lethargic. Time for the testing now.
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October 16th, 2011, 07:01 PM
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You mean he's not holding his breath on purpose??? Then that's something ENTIRELY different! You definitely need to check that out.
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October 18th, 2011, 12:25 PM
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We thought for the longest that he was doing it on purpose. But now I honestly think it is a response mechanism, sort of like saying ow when you stub your toe.

We have scheduled some tests next week.
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October 20th, 2011, 09:44 AM
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I'm curious to see how that goes. Please update the thread if you have a chance.
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October 24th, 2011, 12:59 PM
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my dd started having spells at like 2 wks old her last spell she had she was 4 . She would have atleast 10 a day til she was 18 mths old and after that she would have them in clusters and after she would pass out she wouldnt start breathing again we had to give her a breath it was very scary . hers were like R.A.S. the only differance is she wouldnt start breathing on her own . Drs last time I checked didnt reconize ras as a condition. I did some research years and came across this- Home - STARS - Syncope Trust And Reflex anoxic Seizures, information and support ... check this site out and I hope this helps !
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January 12th, 2012, 04:05 PM
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My son used to do this during his sleeps. I thought it was sleep apnea. But he eventually just grew out of it. He's now 3yrs old and He doesn't do it anymore.
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January 19th, 2012, 01:19 AM
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Any update?
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