Passing out when hurting themselves?

Emma - posted on 02/07/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )




My 16 month old has had 2 episodes so far with hurting himself or startleing himself so badly that he hasn"t been able to catch his breath and actually passes out in my arms before starting to breath again. The pediatrician at U 0f A said that its called a "breath-holding spell" and can be common in children of his temperment. I'm not totally convinced and since its happened more than once now I'm an absolute wreck everytime he hurts himself thinking its going to happen again. Has anyone experienced this? and how have you handled the situation?? I'm going to get in to the pediatrician asap but until that happens I'm just looking for peace of mind.


Jennifer - posted on 02/07/2010




Try blowing a fast breath in his face. It causes a auto response to take a breath. It might help. When my infant son cries sometimes I do that and he stops after the breath because he's forgotten what he was upset about in the first place. Hopefully it will work on your 16 month old.

Ashleigh - posted on 02/07/2010




ive never personally experienced this but the passing out is completely harmless. once hes out he cant control holding his breath and the body continues breathing. i dont know your situation but in most cases these things are a result of a child seeking attention so if you make a huge deal about it he will probably continue to do it.

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Meeta - posted on 09/15/2012




ya my daughter who is two also does the same. but everytime it happens i just shake her up or whack on her back. My elser one also used to have this problem but children soon grow out of it but its always better to soothe n help the child get their breath again.

Kerry - posted on 02/07/2010




hi i have experienced many children breath holding as i work in a day nursery. one of the most effect things i have found is to gently squeeze and rub top of shoulder near to neck. apparently theres a point there that makes them catch their breath again. also told not to panic as they should automatically start breathing as they relax. although thats easier said than done i know. hope this helps!

Amy - posted on 02/07/2010




My daughter who is 4, has done this several times. She throws huge fits and will pass out for a very short few seconds. We blow in her mouth really hard when she starts to lose her breath. She has also done it when bumping her head and crying hard. I know it is scary but she has never seemed affected after breathing again. She knows it scares me and now that she is older I can tell her to breathe when she is crying because it scares mommy if she forgets.

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