Anyone else have a baby who holds their breath?

Jakala - posted on 11/19/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Both of my daughters were "breath holders" not really sure that's the right wording for it but when they get mad if they don't cry I know I have a fit on my hands. Does anyone else deal with this??

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Staci - posted on 12/21/2009

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My niece used to hold her breath, turn blue, and pass out in a temper tantrum around 18 months. My sister used to slap her cheek to make her exhale and breathe...it was pretty scary. Unlike a regular tantrum where you can just walk away and let them get it out, the breath holding is scary bc you don't want them to pass out without you there.

Erica - posted on 12/18/2009

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Ryan doesn't do it when he's mad... but he does it if he gets hurt or if he's afraid. He's held his breath so long at one point that his lips began to turn blue.
According to my mom, I did it as well when I was a toddler... she said that I actually passed out once because of it. But I grew out of it, and I'm sure that Ryan will grow out of it as well. I try to stay calm when he does it because it seems to help him calm down a little faster.

Liz - posted on 12/17/2009

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My twins are 18 months old now ( 16 and a half months corrected), and my daughter used to do that all the time when they were younger.

Bonnie - posted on 12/16/2009

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My sister was like this, she would hold her breath until she passed out if she didnt get her way. My mom's doctor said to let her do, even if they pass out, because once they do they start breathing again. If my child were to start doing this I would go put her on her bed until she calmed down, or even throw a little cold water on her face if she were really hysterical. Sounds mean, I know, but it shocks them and they stop

Erica - posted on 11/20/2009

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it sounds to me like she's trying to do it to get your attention when she's mad. That's a tough one- I personally have not experienced that myself, but I suppose in that situation I would hug go up to her and tell her what went wrong - or what she did wrong and hug her and tell her i love her. She will let her breath go...do u remember holding your breath?? Its scary when u run out! you will let it go lol- good luck !

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