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my 8 mo old fell from standing w/ my husband less than 2 ft away and when he picked her up she was "silent crying". I didnt hear her crying so took her from him and she went limp in my arms and her color was off. I shook her and screamed her name to get her attention (I was also quite terrified). She shook herself out of it and was crying hard for about 2 minutes. She calmed down very fast after that and was laughing and trying to climb up me and play w/in about 5 minutes of it happening. She was kind of pale for a little while (maybe 10 minutes or so) and has been acting and reacting and looking completely normal now for about a half hour.<br><br>
We were debating taking her to the hospital, but there is literally no sign that she just knocked herself out, so we're not sure. My husband said he thinks she pinched her neck and that it used to happen when he played football sometimes and that we should just keep an eye on her. I tend to agree, if only because she seems completely fine and happy now, but I don't know. I also don't know if she just cried so hard w/out taking a breath that she passed out or if it was a result of her fall (which was not a long distance, not against anything hard - she was holding onto a computer chair w/ rounded legs and fell to the ground).<br><br>
Has this happened to anyone before? What did you do about it/would you do?
 

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My DD has breath holding spells that that sound exactly like what you're describing. They are really scary but I know of several parents that have kids with the same thing.<br><br>
I'd wait to see if it happens again. For us, it was only during a tantrum over something or if she got hurt. In retrospect we remember 2 times when she was very tiny - like 2 months old when it might have happened 1-2 times but we just thought she was tired or something (we had no clue <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">) and didn't think much of it. They officially started when she was ~12 months though. My DD is now 2.5 and is already growing out of it. We only have to worry now if she is in a place where she is more prone to accidents where she'd get hurt, like playgrounds or something. They say that the more verbal they become the less frequently it happens and most kids grow out of it completely by age 3-5. It is so stressful and scary to watch though, as you know!<br><br>
I've heard lots of different ways to prevent it: spraying them with water (which is what we have to do because after several months of just passing out they eventually went from just a quick passing out to seizures - but the water stopped them all together), hanging them upside-down for a quick sec. (I guess the blood going to their head?), and blowing air in their face or a loud "HEY!" to jar them out of it. None of them are particularly lovely choices - some people say to just let them be and their body will just take care of it. I say do what you feel most comfortable with. For us we tried blowing and "hey"ing but those eventually stopped working for us so we tried the water and it once we did that she never once passed out or had a seizure after that. I still take the water bottle with me everywhere I go an DD even will say, "don't forget the water bottle so I don't hold my breath!"<br><br>
FWIW, when we took DD to the Dr. she gave us this crazy outdated paper from a textbook about breath holding spells that was horrible. It literally said that the kids could control it and to put them in a room by themselves so as not to learn that such a behavior is appropriate!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: I knew this was false and not something we would EVER consider, but the doctor who did an EEG on our DD after her first seizure assured us that BHS are indeed completely involuntary! So if you do discuss this with your doctor make sure they are up to date so they don't convince parents to do send their kids to their rooms in an already terrifying situation for the child! Okay - enough ranting!<br><br>
PM if it keeps happening and you have anymore questions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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thank you a million times over thank you! you have no idea how much it means to know that what I'm talking about doesnt sound crazy. I was thinking that maybe I was a bad mom for hesitating to take her to the hospital after this, but after reading your response, I think that maybe thats really what it is.<br><br>
She did do something similar before, where she seemed to be unable to catch her breath from crying too hard in one breath and since then I have always made sure to get her attention somehow or interrupt her cry so that she has a second to catch her breath. My husband didnt know that though, so that might explain why this happened tonight. I just assumed it was the injury, but knowing that she did that once before, and reading your experience, I think that really makes more sense.<br><br>
Now to just make it to the 3-5 yr age bracket so that we don't go through this again! my poor baby. I cant imagine putting her in a room alone like that.
 

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My oldest dd had two breathholding episodes when she was younger. My son would have them I think but I've learned to blow in their face which startles them into inhaling.
 

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My second DD did this, too. The first time was really scary - she was five months old and fell down (she was sitting and just fell over and slightly bumped her head) and as she started to cry she held her breath until she passed out. I freaked! But then I read about it, found out it wasn't all that uncommon, and learned the trick of blowing in her face when she started to hold her breath while crying again. She eventually outgrew it.
 
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