Record the symptoms of a breath-holding spell

Before taking your child to a health professional for breath-holding spells, write down what typically happens. These descriptions will help you to give your child's health professional 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 spell?

Last Updated: May 5, 2008

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