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Breath-Holding Spells: Keeping a Record

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Before taking your child to a doctor for breath-holding spells, write down what typically happens. These descriptions will help you to give your child's doctor accurate information to make an initial diagnosis. Try to observe and record what happens before, during, and after the breath-holding spell. Keep the following questions in mind:

  • What situations occur just before your child has a breath-holding spell?
  • During a spell, does your child's skin colour appear to become more blue-red or more pale?
  • How does your child act during a spell? Do your child's muscles twitch?
  • How long do the spells last?
  • Does your child pass out?
  • Does your child vomit or pass urine?
  • How does your child act after a spell?

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Current as of: May 27, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
John Pope MD - Pediatrics
Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics
Louis Pellegrino MD - Developmental Pediatrics

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