My baby cries so hard he stops breathing.....

Catherine - posted on 10/23/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 1 year old cries so hard that he can't catch his breath back and I have to whack him on the back to help him. This happens daily. Well, tonight he couldn't get it back, and nothing I normally do helped and he passed out. Of course I will be taking him to the doctor, but I really do want to hear what anyone else thinks about this or has any ideas about stopping this. That was the scariest thing I have EVER gone through!! Please tell me if you have an opinon or suggestion. Thank you so much....

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Heather - posted on 12/22/2010

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Blow in his face. That's what the nurses did the 1st time my son got a shot & started to turn purple from crying. He's 1 1/2 now and it still works when he gets like that. My son never does it intentiallly but often times gets so upset or in pain that he does it without trying. Wish I could tell you how to entirely stop it but I haven't a clue. Dr said it's just a thing they will outgrow.

Bethany - posted on 10/23/2009

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according to Dr. Harvey Karp (happiest baby/toddler on the block series'), babies do this. it's not a crisis. he says that the passing out is biology's way of taking over. when you pass out, you will breathe automatically. your emotions are no longer in control. though it's scary for you, it's actually not dangerous. you should look into his work. he's great at calming kids down!

Jana - posted on 10/23/2009

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It's scary when your child can't catch their breath. Our daughter did that one night and scared me to death. I was afraid to go to sleep. I took her to the doctor and she had acid reflex. After putting her on medicine she did great and grew out of it. Every child is so different but I would talk to your doctor. You can always call the nurse lines and ask questions if your in doubt.

Kathleen - posted on 10/23/2009

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My daughter started that at 10 months old. Scared me half to death. I rushed her to the ER convinced she was dying. Her pediatrician said she was having involuntary breath holding spells, and will grow out of them. Katie did that for over a year, when she got mad, when she got excited, anything that got her blood pumping. She did outgrow it, and she is a healthy fine active 13 year old. I wish I knew what caused that, but it never came back after the age of 2!! Good Luck to you!! Oh and one thing I did do to "bring her out of it" was blow hard in her face, that always helped her come back around quicker. Good Luck..

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Giselle - posted on 10/23/2009

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Wow, that is really scary. My boys have cried really hard, red in the face and choking on saliva, but they have never passed out from it. I think that he may have something going on with his gag reflex or he is having difficulty breathing, and is crying because of it. When my boys have had breathing issues, they cry continuosly and grab at thier chest. He may be too young and uncoordinated to do that, but that is definitely a sign that something is wrong. I would take him to the ER if he does it again tonite. But get him in to see his pediatrition ASAP. Babies are soo hard to read at that age, it's always better to be overly concerned and find out he is ok than be underconcerned and have everything go seriously bad. Money is not a reason to avoid the doctor, you can replace money, you can't replace your baby.

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