Pallid Breathholding spells

Keli - posted on 01/02/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I'm curious to know if anyone is dealing or has dealt with pallid breathholding spells. My daughter is 2 and for over a year anytime she hits her head, she has a spell; passes out, stops breathing, slowed or no heart rate, and when she somes out of it she is very delirious for at least 30 minutes. I'm just wondering if anyone has any advice to deal with this terrifying event. They say is doesn't cause damage, but it is very scary. Thank you.

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Miranda - posted on 11/08/2012

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My son is 10.5 months old and hit his head this morning on the corner of the couch and I was right there and it wasnt that hard of a bump, but he really cried.. I picked him up to comfort him and he wouldnt stop crying and never took a breath.. I tried to blow in his face, but it didnt do any good. I felt his body go limp and he almost went completly out and maybe even did pass out real quick.. Then I guess after he came to a little he must have gotten scared and got all stiff on me. I took him outside to get him some fresh air and he seemed to start to get some color back and now hes really tired.. I hate this stage, all 3 of my kids have fainted, my 1st was the worse..I had to take her to Hershey and they said she was just spoiled and to just ignore it.. Is there any suggestions on what to do to try to make this not happen at all....

User - posted on 10/16/2012

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It's not for attention! My daughter did that and as a teenager she had been diagnosed with dysautonomia/ POTS, which is diagnosed by a cardiologist. Go to dinet.org

Keli - posted on 01/02/2009

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Thank you ladies for the posts! I know there is really nothing I can do but I guess I just needed to know that I wasn't alone! My daughter had the ecg and eeg also. Everything was fine. It's Pallid BHS so it's anytime she hits her head. So when your kids went to school did you have to tell the teachers about it? I know I tell the people in the nursery at church and they look at me crazy! I'm sure I would too if someone told me their child could do this in my care! Anyway, thank you all again!

EMMA - posted on 01/02/2009

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My son did this from the age of roughly 15 months until about 6 months ago, he is now 5, he seemed to be worse when tired or frustrated, his speech is not at the age it should be which is a trigger for these attacks as they can not express what they are trying to say, my son was always tired right after coming round and wouold need to lay down and recover for about 30 45 minutes, before being able to to interact propaly again.

Like some others said, its best to ask for tests to be done, my son had, ecg eeg and so, just to make sure it was of his own doing and nothing to be worried about, we invested in a sleep apnina(sp?) mat just incase, but we never needed it thank god, i think that most children grow out of it and its just a case of time and being patience, i know that is easy for me to say and when everyone stares in the supermarket cause you are doing nothing when your child is turing blue and all you want to do is scream and shout for someone to help you or your child to stop, but it does get better. just takes some time.

Anna - posted on 01/02/2009

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I did that as a child from age 1 through age's 7. It turns out however that mine was stress induced seizure's! So if you haven't already it might be a good idea to take your daughter to see a neurologist to be sure. My father also did this, my half sister as well. My daughter that is 9yrs old had started having seizures at age 2 weeks old...she has seizure dissorder but has outgrown her seizures...and has been medication free since age 3yrs old.

Best wishes! If you ever need or want to talk please feel free to message me and or add me as a friend :) (I'm not sure how to request friends on here yet! lol

Angie - posted on 01/02/2009

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I totally feel for you. It's very terrifing. My son started when he was 18months. He had cyanotic & pallid breath holding spells. Basically he held his breath when he got hurt or threw a temper tantrum.

All you can do is try to get to her right before she does it or lay her down so she dosn't hurt herself more. And don't make a big deal about it.

Trust me it will pass. My son is now 4 years old and hasn't had a spell for about 6months. It's just hard to go through it while it's happening.

Good luck & hang in there:)

Kendra - posted on 01/02/2009

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my daughter used to do that when she was very upset or mad. the dr. told me just to ignore it b/c it was for attention. hard to do when they stop breathing! but she seems to have outgrown it, is now 4 and hasn't done it in about 6 months or more. yours seems a bit different though so not sure if my answer helped.

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