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Hypercapnia

Hypercapnia

During a breath holding spell, your child may seem to hold their breath, become pale or blue in color, and then pass out. Your child is not able to control the breath holding spell. Your child may have intense feelings which cause them to cry or be startled just before the breath holding spell. Then your child may go on to become limp and pass out. Most of the time, after about a minute, your child wakes up again and starts breathing normally.

Name

Breath Holding Spells

About this topic

During a breath holding spell, your child may seem to hold their breath, become pale or blue in color, and then pass out. Your child is not able to control the breath holding spell. Your child may have intense feelings which cause them to cry or be startled just before the breath holding spell. Then your child may go on to become limp and pass out. Most of the time, after about a minute, your child wakes up again and starts breathing normally.

When do I need to call the doctor?

Activate the emergency medical system right away if your child does not start breathing within 1 minute. Call 911 in the United States or Canada.,Call the doctor if your child: Has more muscle jerking with breath holding spells Has more breath holding spells than normal Is less alert than normal after a breath holding spell,Has more muscle jerking with breath holding spells,Has more breath holding spells than normal,Is less alert than normal after a breath holding spell

Body systems

Pediatric,Respiratory

What are other common names?

BHS,Breath-holding Spells,Cyanotic Breath Holding Spells,IBH,IBHS,Involuntary Breath Holding,Pallid Breath Holding Spells

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