Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Worried Mom | 2010/10/27


1 year old stopped breathing

Hi Doctor
Wonder if you can help me coz i am really worried and upset. This morning my little one (13 months) started crying when i tried to take her dummy away from her at school. I could see she was crying but no noise was coming out and she was not breathing, the next thing she passed out. I managed to catch her before she hit the floor and she " came round"  and started breathing again within seconds.
Do i need to take her to her paediatrician? This has scared me beyond words, and i just want to make sure she is ok.

Expert's Reply



Your baby had a typical 'breath holding attack' brought on by her anger and frustration when you took her dummy away from her. This is not uncommon in this age group and can be very frightening for parents to see. Breath holding attacks can happen again if your baby gets angry and fryustrated but with time they will stop completely.She will always start breathing again by herself but you can blow gently on her face if she should have another one of these breath holding attacks in future.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010/10/27

As its the first time its happened, perhaps just take her for a check up to be certain all is well.

However, many children hold their breath when they are having a tantrum. As soon as they pass out they will start breathing on their own again though. I''ve also heard like R that blowing in their face helps too. I can imagine it must be very scary and rather rule out anything serious before you just assume it is a breath holding tantrum.

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Posted by: R | 2010/10/27

I''m sure the paediatrician will answer as well, but in the meantime, if she stops breathing while crying just blow really hard into her face. It is apparently very common. You can also google breath holding.

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