Concerned Mother of a 2yr Old

Lael - posted on 08/01/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )




My daughter is 3 rys old. Since she was 1 she would have these little fits when she hurt her self ( cries so hard that she goes limp, her cry goes very low, if I dont catch her she falls then she will go stiff all of a sudden ) This has happened several times and to see it it is very frightening. Some family members say its just her temper. She holds her breath but when she stops she is very limp and unrespnossive for a few seconds. I am concerned and was wondering if any one has had a similar experience


Neva - posted on 08/05/2011




It sounds like your daughter is a breath holder. This is actually pretty common. It usually starts around one year of age, and can last until age 5. The child will cry and hold their breath, they can pass out which makes them go limp and fall. Once they pass out, they start breathing again. As scary as it is to see, it usually is not harmful. The child may be sleepy for a time afterwards. My own daughter did the same thing. When she would start to hold her breath, we would just carry her to her bed and lay her down on her back so that she wouldn't fall and hurt herself. Sometimes she would take a nap afterwards, but she did out grow them and is just fine and a mother herself now.


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Lael - posted on 08/05/2011




Thanks Tara I am making her an appointment next week. Its better to be safe than sorry and when it comes to my kids I try to cover all bases.

Tara - posted on 08/01/2011




I have not had any similar experiences with either of my children, but from what you are describing it almost sounds like she is having a mild seizure. I would definitely talk to your doctor about it to rule out something medical.
That being said, I did find a link to something called "breath-holding spells" which sounds similar to what is happening with your daughter. The info on the page suggests going to your doctor to rule out a seizure issue, and gives additional information on things you can do if it is just a behavior thing:

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