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 colour appear to become more blue-red or more pale?
How does your child act during a spell? Do your child's muscles twitch?
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics