Infant passing out

Sarah - posted on 05/06/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My nephew is 8 months. He has passed out twice during a crying fit. The dr said he is holding his breath. Anyone had a problem with this?

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Marylou - posted on 05/11/2010

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I have a son who is now three but when he was little he used to do this and my dr. said it was from low iron. We had him tested (simple blood test) and sure enough he was I guess breath holding is a side effect of low iron. He also told us that milk absorbs the iron the body is supposed to get so if he is a late bottle drinker like my little guy was that also causes them to be low in iron and easily fixed with a daily multi vitamin. Hope this helps and it's worth looking in to and asking your doctor about anyways.

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Sandy - posted on 09/03/2013

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My 2 month old grandson did this. Terrified me and his dad. It happened yesterday. He passed out 3 times in 20 minutes. I called the fire department and they took him to the hospital. Indeed, after blood tests, he was low in iron. Hopefully, he comes home today.

Kayla - posted on 05/17/2013

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Yes, my daughter has now passed out twice from crying. My Dr. said this is a behavior that we need to ignore, as if she is throwing a tantrum. But it's not a fit- the two times she has fully passed out, she was not crying because she didn't get her way. It was as if something was hurting her, because no food, sippy cup, bottle, or someone holding/comforting her helped calm her. I'm not sure what to do; is there an underlying medical condition I should be concerned about? Would you suggest blood-work?

Tricia - posted on 05/11/2010

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one of my four children use to hold her breath at times when crying also some of my nieces and nephews did ... they all grew out of it....but saying that they never passed out.... use just give then them a little shake or a tap to get their attention... bigeest thing is not to panic. I would suggest to follow up with a pediatrician - just to be safe and for piece of mind. As I also had a neice that would just stop breathing when she slept.... we were very lucky that it was picked up or she would have been another SIDS statistic.

Jessica - posted on 05/11/2010

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My daughter used to do this all the time. Her dr. said the only thing you can do is lay her on her back and tilt her head back so that the air is forced into her. Do NOT blow air into her. When they pass out they start breathing on their own because they finally relax. Also, I know it is almost impossible, but try to calm them down when you start to see them getting over excited.

Sally - posted on 05/11/2010

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my little cousin always done this from very young,,,it was a temper thing even when she was young baby...my auntie used to run outside to the air and sometimes that would make her take a breath...probably something they will grow out of..she did shes now 20 ,...good luck x

Heather - posted on 05/11/2010

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YES, my daughter does this and scares the living daylights out of me!! Ive talked to her pediatrician and she says it is not dangerous, that alot of babies hold their breath til the pass out and then they come around like nothing happened.

I try NOT to let it get to the point of passing out and she hasnt yet. We blow in her face, but its horrible, she turns blue/purple sometimes and I think it scares me more than anyone else. I panic, which doesnt help. Pediatrician said she will grow out of it but that doesnt help the way I feel everytime she does it. Probably like 10 times since she was 4 months old so far.

Mary - posted on 05/07/2010

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my boy as a baby did that they outgrow it less attention during a tantrum less time it will last just crying i found if i blew in his face during a crying spell it made him take a breath in response and kept him from holding his breath preventing the passing out

Gwen - posted on 05/06/2010

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The face blowing will make him take a breath, too..in case you aren't near an ice cube :-)

Sarah - posted on 05/06/2010

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Thanks guys. The dr said to put an ice cube on his lips to make him take a breath. Just helps to know other people have gone through this too.

Karen - posted on 05/06/2010

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i have had some experiance with it from working in daycare...the dr is right...i had three babies in my care that would hold their breath when having a crying fit and they would pass out...they all had seen their dr about it and were told not to worry (if baby is holding his/her breath the body automatically takes a breath when they pass out). they all eventually stopped doing it....i also have a friend who has a very strong willed little girl who is two and has recently started doing this when she doesn't get her way.

Sheila - posted on 05/06/2010

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I have never heard of that happening before. I would get a second opinion just to be sure, that sounds very scary to me. I hope he is ok. I will be praying for him.

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