Topic Overview

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
    color 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

Related Information


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD – Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Louis Pellegrino, MD – Developmental Pediatrics

Current as ofMay 4, 2017