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Intentional Breath Holding
A breath-holding spell is an event in which a child stops breathing for a short time. These spells can cause a child to pass out (lose consciousness). Breath-holding spells often happen when a young child is angry or afraid. These spells can happen right after a minor accident or painful ...Read more
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
Stop breathing: A breath-holding spell is an event in which a child stops breathing for a short time. These spells can cause a child to pass out (lose consciousness). Breath-holding spells often happen when a young child is angry or afraid. These spells can happen right after a minor accident or painful event or when frustrated. ...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 she's in pain but now she's faking it when she's 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
Not certain: Great question. My thought is that it would increase BP because hyperventilation causes low co2 ; is a vasodilator leading to fainting. With breath holding, co2 rises and, I assume, would have the opposite effect-vasoconstriction. In addition, there is discomfort with prolonged breath holding and discomfort always causes BP to rise. (however, if breathing stops permanently, BP will surely fall). ...Read more
Do you really?: You can purchase a cheap portable pO2 monitor at a drug store (Chemist) in US or over the 'net. They go for about $40 in USD. See if you really do experience sustained desaturation a in your O2 levels as you state. If you do see your doc or a pulmonologist. ...Read more
Can "breath holding" contests cause damage to the brain if contestants hold their breath for 1-2 minutes? Do brain cells begin to die in this time?
If your child has breath holding spells and has had few siezures (not true ones) with the spells should you see a neurologist?
Develop/Behavior Ped: You may find a good source in a well experienced pediatrician or developmental/behavioral pediatrician. Other sources I rely on are licensed professional counselors who work with kids & families. Learning the skills of positive ignoring & positive parenting will often help this troubling behavior fade. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 3 months baby has pallid breath holding spell what should I do when it happens again? Should I blow her mouth? What to do to avoid?
Apnea: If the baby has not been evaluated for this problem and you have witnessed episodes of no breathing or any trouble breathing it needs immediate attention. Should be seen at the ed if it has happened just recently. ...Read more
I have no norm. Heart risk factor but have had 2 scads causing mi. How does breath holding & straining incr the risk of another mi & what is mechanism?
SCAD?: Sorry, I've been a cardiologist (in the usa) for 33 years, but I'm not familiar with the abbreviation "scads" - please clarify. Breath holding and straining are valsalva maneuvers which reduce venous return and cardiac output while raising BP and slowing hr - these should not cause mi. If they do, it would have occurred with your next bowel movement anyway. ...Read more
PVC's skipped heart beat during masturbation ECHO AND ECG normal. Noticed holding breath holding during masturbating to, can that cause it?
Passing out: And hitting your head, causing a head bleed, dying. Or nothing at all. Make sure you practice in your bed. ...Read more