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Are breath-holding spells concerning? It happenend to my 16 months son twice, once because he was afraid, & once after crying for sth he wanted

Are breath-holding spells concerning? It happenend to my 16 months son twice, once because he was afraid, & once after crying for sth he wanted

Not necessarily: This is a simple amplification of crying/fitting that often escalates if you pay a lot of attention to it. Once a kid knows it will grab your complete attention they may use it often.Although it often happens when they don't get their way, it can happen if they drop something & are frustrated.Avoid direct eye contact during events & monitor with peripheral vision. You can keep them safe that way. ...Read more

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Crying (Definition)

Crying in infancy is described as a loud, high-pitched sound made by infants in response to certain situations. Infants have a cry reflex that is a normal response to some stimuli, such as pain or hunger. Older children and adults cry for emotional reasons such as pain, fear, sadness, or frustration. Premature infants may not have a cry reflex, so they must be monitored closely for signs ...Read more


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3 yo had a tantrum to the point of crying so hard he couldn't breath. It's been 2 hours and hes still making the shuddering noise from crying. Worry?

3 yo had a tantrum to the point of crying so hard he couldn't breath. It's been 2 hours and hes still making the shuddering noise from crying. Worry?

Tantrums: No worries. Our bodies are designed perfectly. Even some toddlers who breath hold, lose consciousness and start breathing again if they over due their tantrums. Just make sure he is safe and doesnt injure himself during his tantrum. ...Read more

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My son has been crying it out. He falls asleep in crib in about half an hour but all night he has random quick breaths like he can't calm down. 6month?

My son has been crying it out. He falls asleep in crib in about half an hour but all night he has random quick breaths like he can't calm down. 6month?

Don't worry: Assuming he is otherwise healthy (not having a cold or cough or bronchiolitis) then don't worry about it. He is probably just going in and out of a deep sleep. When he breathes quickly he is probably waking up very briefly. We all have very brief awakenings especially during rem sleep. ...Read more

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My 19 mos old has the flu with a 102 fever after meds. Why does she keep jumping/startling, making hrer take a sharp breath, then crying after?

My 19 mos old has the flu with a 102 fever after meds. Why does she keep jumping/startling, making hrer take a sharp breath, then crying after?

Consult her pediatri: Children with the flu are much more vulnerable to complications, such as pneumonia. Painful breathing could be a sign of pneumonia, it could also be related to muscle pain from severe coughing episodes. She needs to be checked, don't take any chances. ...Read more

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I have depression and some time I can't control to crying on that I feel like chocking and shortness of breath what is this is this a normal.?

I have depression and some time I can't control to crying on that I feel like chocking and shortness of breath  what is this is this a normal.?

Feeling Good: There are several types of depression. Reactive depression occurs as a result of loss and eventually we adjust. If one does not adjust or if the cause is not clear certainly seek professional help. "feeling good" by david burns is an excellent self-help book based on science. Don't let the thickness of it intimidate you. Take it bit by bit. See doc to rule out medical conditions. ...Read more

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Please answer me. I am recovering from depression and i been asking up from nightmares gaping for breath. I have frequent chest pain when crying.

Please answer me. I am recovering from depression and i been asking up from nightmares gaping for breath. I have frequent chest pain when crying.

Depression: You are certainly suffering from the depression you have. Hopefully you have obtained medical care as the modern treatment for depression is very effective. It seems that you need more treatment, --you are not on medicati and it is important to see a doctor who understands depression and will help you. You may need to see a specialist e.g. Psychiatrist to give you the most up to date treatment. ...Read more

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I work at a dog kennel and sometimes inhale too much bleach to the point where i'm crying and it's hard to breath. Should i go to a doctor.?

I work at a dog kennel and sometimes inhale too much bleach to the point where i'm crying and it's hard to breath. Should i go to a doctor.?

Bleach inhalation: Possibly go see your doctor, but first, make sure you have plenty of ventilation around when you use bleach. Have a fan going. Also consider wearing a mask and diluting the bleach before using it. ...Read more

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