How To Deal With Breath Holding Spells In Infants Aged 9 Months?
hello doc, i’m dwi, my child is having an initial seizure without fever at 9 months, in 3 weeks seizures without fever have 4x, I have checked into the hospital, and Lab results, EEG is all normal, doctors say it’s not epilepsy, but BHS, breath holding spell. A week after the EEG my child has another seizure, this spasm is classified often, will it affect the child’s attitude and mental patterns?
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Breath holding spells are abnormal reflexes that can occur in children aged 6 months to 2 years.
Symptoms of the condition include:
The baby cries, and suddenly holds his breath without realizing it
Infants are stiff and experience movements such as convulsions
In these conditions, the baby will indeed look like a seizure, but actually not. Triggers from these attacks are generally when the baby responds to pain, fear, and when in a state of anger. Not getting something he asked for, triggers a feeling of resentment and he will automatically respond by holding his breath followed by pale or blue skin. Movement such as spasms can usually occur after a period of holding the breath.
This condition is generally not dangerous if the attack is short (less than 1 minute). This disease also has no impact on brain development. However, this condition may indirectly affect the mental and attitude of children because attacks generally trigger when they feel scared or angry.
Beware if the child holds his breath for more than 1 minute, immediately take action. If the attack occurs more than once a week, it is better to immediately contact a pediatrician who has expertise in the field of child neurology to get further evaluation and examination.
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