I have an 8 month old baby who has passed out 5 times from holding her breath. Here is an example of the situaiton: She is learning to sit on her own. She toppled over yesterday and was very upset by it. She started to cry and it because a "quiet cry". You know, the one that is silent and then the baby gives out a burst of cry. Instead, she continues to hold her breath until she passes out and her eyes roll back into her head, gets red and get into a fetal position with her fists up near her head. The first two times it happened, I thought she was choking and did a finger swipe and hit her back. Our pediatrian told me to splash a little water on her face or tickle her feet to get her out of the moment. Yesterday, I did both and it took a while for her to breath again (meaning 10-15 seconds). The doctor said this is somewhat normal but very scarey and I should not be overly concerned unless her lips turn blue or she is disoriented, confused afterwards. The pediatrian wants to rule out seizures so my baby had an EKG and a follow up appointment with a neurologist. Has anyone had any experience with this?
Sorry to hear about your LO! Mine did that a few times when younger but never to the point of passing out - I would ways blow into her face when she got the quiet cry started to startle her out of it and she would do a quick inhale and yell.
I knew a boy that did that. He was ~6-12 months old when it first happened. Parents were told the same thing -- very scary, but some babies just do this. Family has since moved away, but I see them on facebook and I believe he's grown out of it. I also knew a boy that had frebrile seizures. The things babies do to scare us ....
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