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Intentional Breath Holding
Ignore / positive: Learning the skills of positive ignoring & positive parenting will often help this troubling behavior fade.Kids < 6yo don't understand peripheral vision, so you can "ignore" their event but still watch & be sure the kid doesn't hurt themselves.Don't lock eyes until the event is over, then interact in a supportive way.Learn a poker face & be sure your smile doesn't contradict your parenting command. ...Read more
Perhaps: There have been many reports of people with tourette's having breath-holding episodes. It is my understanding that tourette's is frequently associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder(ocd); and compulsive, breath-holding is sometimes a part of ocd. So whether due to tourette's or ocd i cannot say, but there certainly may be an indirect connection if not directly due to tourette's. ...Read more
Breathing: The accumulated carbon dioxide in the bag can influence the breathing center in you brain, causing you to breath slower ...Read more
My 3 months old does breath holding spell when shes in pain but now shes faking it when shes in tantrums is it concerning? Should i ignore it?
Breath holding: This is concerning because 1. Why is she in pain? And 2. Breath holding spells are not common in kids under 6 months of age. Are you sure this is what is going on? They are more common during emotional outbursts but again at 3 months you need to make sure this is not something else that can be easily diagnosed by you provider. Please, get her evaluated soon. ...Read more
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
I sometimes have a random chest pain, which causes me to not be able to take a deep or semi-deep breath. Holding my breath seems to help some. Worry?
Depends: You need physical exam by physician and he needs to know your symptoms. ...Read more
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