Breath Holding Toddlers - So Glad My Kids Don't Do This!Molly Thornberg
When the crap hits the fan in this house with a toddler, like when I say “No, you can’t have cookies!” or “Sorry, we are not going to Grandma’s” – my kid is known to throw a fit. His fits include screaming, crying and yelling and sometimes, if he is REALLY mad – throwing of whatever object is around him. While I totally can’t stand his behavior and wish fits didn’t exist – I can say I’d take a fit any day over the behavior that I learned that some toddlers have.
This behavior I speak of? BREATH HOLDING!
WTH! Breath holding? That’s insane – I had this same reaction when I heard that teenagers are hair pulling (yes, teenagers are acting out pulling out hair – crazy I tell you!).
Of course the YouTubes has an example of this behavior:
“However, they are not harmful in healthy children because if the child actually holds his breath until he passes out, the body’s natural mechanism to breathe — just like when you are sleeping — kicks in and overrides the child’s forced breath-holding.”
Dr. Brown goes on to say….
“Don’t let your toddler’s breath-holding hold your parenting discipline strategy hostage.”
Brown estimated, “1 in 100 or 1,000, but not 1 in 20,000″ children are breath-holders.
The only time these attacks deserve a medical evaluation is if they occur on a regular basis or happen more frequently. A small number of children actually have an iron deficiency that can cause the incidents.
I had no idea that such a thing existed, but I do know one thing My kids are so not perfect – but I am so glad my kids aren’t doing this as I would be at the doctor’s office every time that it happened thinking they were having a seizure.
If your child is doing this, do mention to a doctor.
Have You Experienced Breath Holding With Your Toddler?
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