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What do I do about random breath-holding in a brat?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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