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Cyanotic breath-holding spells

Posted by on Apr. 12, 2014 at 8:17 PM
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A couple days ago my 3 month old stopped breathing while crying. We had to call 911. I was able to get her breathing again before the ambulance arrived. The paramedics said her vitals were good and lungs were clear. She was giggling and loving all the attention. We brought her to her pediatrician who said she is having Cyanotic breath-holding spells. Has anyone ever had to deal with these? It was terrifying and my husband and I are a mess every time she cries. Any advice is greatly appreciated!
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redmummyof3
by on Apr. 12, 2014 at 8:46 PM
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blow on her face  normally this makes a child hold there breath. when they are doing the silent scream it reminds them take a breath try it next time she holds her breath it should work

kat1116
by Member on Apr. 12, 2014 at 9:05 PM

My niece did it when she was 2-3. She would hold her breath until she passed out. They took her to specialist and he said she would just start breathing again when she passed out. She did it randomly for maybe two years and then just grew out of it.

Mater-three
by Member on Apr. 12, 2014 at 9:09 PM
No one has ever held their breath until they die. The body causes you to pass out first which naturally restores your breathing. Cyanotic means blue. I'm not sure what blue has to do with it but..there you go.
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Mamasgotthis817
by Member on Apr. 12, 2014 at 9:51 PM
Thanks ladies. I was told about blowing in her face. She did turn blue when it happened, and then fainted in my arms. It's just very scary because she is so little.
Bmat
by Barb on Apr. 13, 2014 at 9:07 AM

I would have been terrified!  Thank goodness she is OK. 

Quoting Mamasgotthis817: Thanks ladies. I was told about blowing in her face. She did turn blue when it happened, and then fainted in my arms. It's just very scary because she is so little.


Mom2Just1
by Mom2boys on Apr. 13, 2014 at 9:15 AM
Just blow on her face. All babies do this when they're mad.
emkirkley
by Bronze Member on Apr. 13, 2014 at 9:55 AM
Blowing hard on their face generally works through the first and much of their second year. Had she been hurt or startled when it happened? Ours does it as a vasovagal response to pain stimuli and hers are accompanied by seizure-like activity when she does poss out. I have several squirt bottles of water that are around the house and car so I can spray her and startle her into taking a breath
momtoBrenna
by Bronze Member on Apr. 13, 2014 at 10:08 AM

My son still has those episodes when he gets hurt. He has a condtion called tracheobronchomalacia and when he cries really hard, his trachea and bronchial tubes collapse and can get stuck together. I was told repeatedly that it was just the normal breath holding when crying and that he would outgrow it. He is almost 6 years old now. Once we had the proper diagnosis, we were able to get him on the meds that help a lot with most of his symptoms. We still have to blow on his face to get him to stop clamping down and allow his trachea and bronchial tubes to open back up. That is something that you may want to have her evaluated for along with reflux which almost always come with it. An ENT can look for any of the 3 forms and their combos's of malacia and a gi can evaluate for reflux. I hope that your baby is okay.

Pukalani79
by Bronze Member on Apr. 13, 2014 at 11:18 AM

 My sister did that when she was little and her son did as well.  It is very scary.  He would end up holding his breath to the point of having seizures.  What she was told was that when he starts to hold his breath, to blow on his face.  It shocks him enough to take a quick breath.  It helped tremendously

Mamasgotthis817
by Member on Apr. 13, 2014 at 5:44 PM
Wow I haven't heard of this thanks so much for the info I will look into it

Quoting emkirkley: Blowing hard on their face generally works through the first and much of their second year. Had she been hurt or startled when it happened? Ours does it as a vasovagal response to pain stimuli and hers are accompanied by seizure-like activity when she does poss out. I have several squirt bottles of water that are around the house and car so I can spray her and startle her into taking a breath
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