Yesterday, we saw our daughter’s third breath holding spell. Each time has been very different from the last. We keep looking for triggers, but we haven’t found a consistent “trigger” as of yet.
1st spell – (14 months) Happened at 1:00pm. Tried to reach for a remote control on the coffee table, slipped and fell (not hard). She started to cry. I consoled her and then she had a spell in my arms.
2nd spell – (15 months) Happened at 1:00pm. Tried to help her put her shoes on, but she wanted to do it herself. She started to cry. I consoled her and then she had a spell in my arms.
3rd spell – (16 months) Happened at 6:00am. Tried to ask me to give her different things on the coffee table. I wasn’t passing her the right thing, tried to get her to show me the object, got frustrated and had another spell in my arms.
Each time was so different, other than each spell has happened in my arms. The last two spells, I think was due to trouble communicating. It seems that she been getting them once a month, which is not a lot, but still worrisome for me.
Each time we treat her as if she’s having a seizure. We put on the ground on her side, in a safe place and make sure that she has nothing that she could choke on in her mouth. The last two times, we gently poured water behind her neck which it seems to help. It wakes her up and she gasps for air. It seems to take a few pours to keep her with us, but whatever it takes, we’ll do it. It’s not recommend to use water, due to fear of water getting in her mouth and potentially choking her. We’re very careful and luckily, there was two of us when we did it.
Does your child have breath holding spells? How often do they happen? What do you do to get them to come out of the spell quicker?