Baby's that hold their breath!!

Becky - posted on 05/05/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I have a 9 month old son who recently started holding his breath. He has only do it twice and it is very scary! He starts to scream then it turns into a silent scream, no noise and he doesn't breath. He turns purple then he will pass out for a second or two. When he opens his eyes he acts out of it and is very quiet for a few minutes. Has anyone else had to deal with this? I have heard of it but I have never experienced it till now. Please help me calm my nerves!!!

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Lydia - posted on 05/05/2010

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LOL - Becky Apparently I used to do the same thing. My Mum reckons that the trick was to blow in my face when I held my breath. That usually worked but if it didnt a little splash of cold water was enough to shock me into breathing again...

Kylie - posted on 05/05/2010

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Yeah my baby girl does that too but not so often. However my Auntie had a real bad problem with it with my cousin. Apparently he used to hold his breath and also turn purple. I really bet it scares you and gets to you. But really, my Auntie also blew in his face. I remember thats all she did most of the time because he cried all the time and held his breath. It does work.

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Chantell - posted on 07/23/2010

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Hi Becky, I have exactly the same problem with my son, now 18 months. He satrted doing it from 11 months and he still do it. When ever he is very upset and I dont attend to him immediately, he cries himself out. Halfway you can see he is crying but thee is no sound coming out and suddenly he looks like he is sleeping but then he passed out. When he comes to he is very very pale and white and very tired. We took him for an eeg but he has no form of epilepsy. Everyone says you should leave them until they come to but I do not feel comfortable in doing that so I attend to him as soon as he starts to cry heavily. I do blow him in his face aswell and also holds his forehead under a bit of water(i open the tap a bit and hold his head under the running water) I do feel like taking hm for a second opinion as he isdoing it more often lately, sometimes every second day. Some peaple even took there children to a pediatric Cardiologist just to check for any heart conditions. Hope your boy gets better.

Becky - posted on 05/05/2010

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Thanks everyone!! He has only done it twice and both times were when he hurt himself, by falling over or with a toy. I picked him up as soon as he started crying and it doesn't really look like he makes him self stop breathing. He just starts to scream and it gets cut off mid way though and nothing comes out. But even when he starts to cry it sounds different. The 2nd time as soon as he started I heard the difference in his cries compared to his normal cry, and knew it was going to happen. I plan on calling the dr tomorrow.

Melissa - posted on 05/05/2010

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It happens, it is usually a phase. They'll do it until they understand what is going on. But if you are holding him you can try blowing in his face, this should cause him to take a breath.

Heather - posted on 05/05/2010

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My son does the same thing. Except the passing out part i blow in face too. he will breathe in and continue to cry, but if you are worried about it or anything talk to your ped, there may be underlying problems.

Laura - posted on 05/05/2010

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Hi, our son is almost 9 months old as well... He has been holding his breath when he cries (everytime) he gets too worked up, since birth. Normally I would tell you it's nothing to worry about, but we were admitted to the hospital for cyanosis. Our pediatrician took one look at him and we spent a couple nights there. I would say trust your instincts. With us it was very worrysome, him being our first and all. If you are really worried talk to your doctor about it. They will run all the necessary tests. I feel for ya! It is very scary, but I'm sure he's okay if he just started doing it. He is learning how to get mommy's attention now. Hope I helped you. Good luck.

Amber - posted on 05/05/2010

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blow in his face, it forces them to take in a breath of air. i dont know why but thats wut the doc told me to do with my son and he is 15 months and i still use the same trick.

Joanna - posted on 05/05/2010

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My daughter does that but she doesnt pass out. My aunt is a RN and she told me that it should be alright and if the baby passes out they automatically start breathing again. It's scary but it eased my mind a little.

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