Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: LMR | 2007/04/20

Q.

Crying Out! Breathless

Dr.

My son (19 months) is crying himself "out" sometimes. We would blow him in his face just so that he would breath.

I believe that is is pure 'naughtiness'. It is usually after he has been diciplined.

I was advised to splash him with cold water if he does this.

What am I to do??

Regards

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is called breath holding attacks and is a form of super-tantrum. As you say they usually occur after he has been disciplined or scolded. You can splash him with cold water but that must be done immediately that the attack starts. Difficult as it may seem the best treatment is simply to ignore the episodes after making sure that he is starting to breathe again. He will always start breathing again by himself.

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