Is this normal for my 6 month year old son to do?

Desiree - posted on 04/01/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )

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My son will have those crying fits everyone in a great while were he holds his breath and then he will all of a sudden stop crying and the will go completely limp and his eyes are glossy and his face is pail and hes totally out of it, the nurse is telling me its normal...?

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Nikki - posted on 04/01/2010

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When I worked in a nursery, over the years I saw many little ones doing this, spoke to all of their parents and most had been to see the doctor and said that it was totally normal,it is called pale spells I think. However in saying that if my daughter did it, I think I would be a little freaked as well, so I would go to my DR just to double check for my own peace of mind. Also I have worked with dozens of autistic children and have never had this happen, so don't let what Lyndsay said stress you, it is not an indicator of autism. I just googled it have a look at this

http://www.chw.edu.au/parents/factsheets...

Hope this helps, good luck

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Salma - posted on 08/22/2012

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my son is one & half years old. when he hurt he cry so hard & hold his breath. Today he got some pain after that he start crying , I took him I look after him that he is ogoing purple colour & i was so scarey , because i think he is going dye. I need a suggestion what should be done for overcome this kind of pathetic situation. I begg to allm of you , please give some good suggestion specially who's are padeatritian.

Julianna - posted on 04/07/2010

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It is normal but Its your job to let him know that doing so is not going get out of whatever trouble he is in or get him what he wants. Both my children did it until they realized that it doesn't work.

Shaz - posted on 04/06/2010

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but if u r worried abt ur son , n ur gut feeling does u different then continue to push at the docs for a answer hun x

Shaz - posted on 04/06/2010

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hi ya , yes it can b normal , my son , used to do the exactly the same as ur son too , it used to scare the hell out of me , but the nurse said they do it for attention n they do grow out of it , my son is 6 now , n thankfully he doesnt do it anymore ,

Sara - posted on 04/06/2010

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It sounds pretty normal. However I would learn infant/child CPR. My neighbor had a little girl that would do this. One time her daughter stopped breathing and didn't start back up. My neighbor came screaming out of her house screaming for help. Thanks heaven we had another neighbor that had been trained in CPR and was able to safe her daughter's life

Jamie - posted on 04/04/2010

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I'm not a doctor but am in school for medical assisting, we were actually discussing this in class the other day and my teacher told us that when this happens and the baby holds there breath, the babies body knows it has to breath, so the baby sort of passes out to start breathing again, and as long as the baby starts breathing he/she is fine. I hope this helps a little..

Desiree - posted on 04/03/2010

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Ya ive been told he could be doing it for attention i guess hes already out smarted me and has his own lilttle personality lol

Vicky - posted on 04/03/2010

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He sounds like a very bright babe that is manipulating mommy for attention. The best thing that you can do is show your baby alot of affection and continue to meet the babies needs. Many babies do this. As a mom and Psychologist, I feel it is normal.

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PS... if you have any concerns talk to ur dr and try not to google it on the net too much cos u will get all sorts of weird and wonderful to utterly mad explanations to why this happens as im sure u know already the internet explanations can make u paranoid and are not politically correct ur Doctor or health visitor will put ur mind at ease.... xxx

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My son use to do that and boy its scary!!!! he held his breath turned blue and fainted in my arms! I was so scared i was crying and i shook him gently to get him to breath! I can understand your concern....they recommend that you blow in their mouth the shock of the air hitting the back of the throat makes them breath again.. in my sons case its bad temper that normally causes it to happen he still does this wen he cant get his own way hes 2 and half years old now but thankfully its not to the point that he faints and its not as often now they do grow out of it... good luck xxx

Rosalie - posted on 04/03/2010

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You might try flicking a little cold water from your finger tips onto his face when he's holding his breath. The shock should snap him out of it, it isn't painful or dangerous, and it might just put an end to the tantrums.

Desiree - posted on 04/02/2010

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Thanks i read it and it all kind of makes sence now and described alot thankyou very much, it is very scary to watch hes my only child and im only 19 so i didnt really know what to do or thing when it happend.

Iridescent - posted on 04/01/2010

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Lol Lyndsay. Exactly how does this indicate autism? Really? I have 2 autistic kids and work with many others. Although each is different, not ONE has ever held their breath in a temper tantrum as that is a SOCIAL skill. Very funny.

Lyndsay - posted on 04/01/2010

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I think that its normal, to a certain degree. I do not think that my interpretation of what you're describing sounds normal.. it actually makes me think of autism a bit. I would see a doctor.

Desiree - posted on 04/01/2010

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see he does the stop breathing thing but i want to know why when he stops crying hes pale out of it and his eyes are glossy, and he 6 months born on 9-9-09

Amanda - posted on 04/01/2010

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i have a 2 1/2 year old who started this when she was 18 months. She still does it occassionally. Our pediatrician said, holding their breath is voluntary and then the body takes over and your child will start breathing again. It is extremely scary, but we keep cold water on hand and when she starts to go we splash her in the face.

Iridescent - posted on 04/01/2010

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It is normal. When they're upset and hold their breath, it's fully intentional. Fortunately, when they pass out from it their brain takes over and they breathe. The best way to deal with it is to ignore it as they'll not receive the attention they are looking for by doing it.

Lea - posted on 04/01/2010

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Ok, clarify, your son is 6 months old or a year and 6 months old? Big difference.

Clare - posted on 04/01/2010

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My goodness... I have never heard of that... I'd dig a little deeper than the nurse's opinion on that!

Cynthia - posted on 04/01/2010

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My eldest did that until she was 3. I talked to my mom, who said that it ran in my family, and to my doctor, who said it wasn't harmfull. We didn't make a big deal about it, except to warn the sitter that it might happen, and eventually she grew out of it.
Good luck!

Michelle - posted on 04/01/2010

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My husband's aunt (technically his mom) would always ask me if my son would do that. She said that my husband and her two girls both would do it and that their docs said it were in fact a normal thing for babies or toddlers to do.

Desiree - posted on 04/01/2010

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does anyone know the reason why they do that after the holding the breath cry?

Kelli - posted on 04/01/2010

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I had one of those! It isn't anything to worry about! It is a tantrum! I would just blow in my son's face when he would do that! He grew out of that as he got a older. He is now 26 months old. It lasted until he was about a year or so.

Desiree - posted on 04/01/2010

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Yes i have been the only one to see it when it happens and my fiance just thoought i was freaking out for no reason, but today before he went to work he seen it happen also and he flipped out! he was scared, and of course i said i told you so, its not fun do watch or to see him do this its very scary and i dont like it at all, I really hope he grows of it fast, cuz im so nervouse now that everytime he just wines a little im running to go get him, cuz i dont wana see that happen.

Alicia - posted on 04/01/2010

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ACK! I know what you're talking about! My daughter used to do that, up until she was almost a year and a half actually. Her pediatrician said the same thing, that it was normal. I'd never met anyone else who'd had that happen, and it scared the heck out of me. It was almost like she would faint for a couple seconds. Thankfully she just grew out of it. I was a nervous wreck every time though. I think it happened, maybe, every 3-4 months. You're honestly the only person I've ever talked to now that has ever been through that same thing. It's scary, but I'm sending you hugs! If what I understood from the doctor, and my own experience is it will pass!! I would definitely make sure that if they increase in frequency, or seem to really change in any way to take him back in. There's no harm in getting it checked out if you feel you need to. He's your son, and you know best. If it keeps eating at you, maybe you could ask one of your gfs for their pediatrician's number and ask them too?

TANISHA - posted on 04/01/2010

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So I got nervous when I read your post, so I googled it...here is the site that I came across. http://www.ehow.com/how_4580391_baby-who... They said its normal and they give you tips to help prevent these episodes. Also, there is a tip about giving the baby an iron supplement to limit the amount of episodes you are experiencing. I really hope this helps.

Andrea - posted on 04/01/2010

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Not normal ~ if there's anything your son does that doesn't seem right, take him to see a doctor who will take you seriously.

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