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#1 of 5 Old 01-07-2013, 05:55 AM - Thread Starter
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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?

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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. 

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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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My brother (as an older baby/toddler) did it whenever he got upset, he'd hold his breath until he passed out. Super scary, but we'd make sure he didn't bang his head when he passed out. He grew out if it.
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My kids both did it, but blowing in their faces worked... Never got to the point of passing out.
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