Breath Holding Spells
Hi, I’m hoping that someone can help me...
My son is almost 9 months old and he has just been diagnosed with ‘breath holding spells’. He has held his breath, when crying, since birth however, it seems to have got worse over the past couple of months. He now holds his breath until he turns blue and passes out. He has started to do it at least 2 or 3 times a day so we went to our GP who has referred us to see a paediatrician however, she told us to call an ambulance each time he turned blue and passed out. We haven’t done so as I feel that this would be a complete waste of time for the ambulance service as once he has finished his episode he is fine. Yesterday however, he held his breath for around 2 minutes, turned blue, passed out then had a seizure. We called an ambulance and went to hospital in which the doctor told us he was experiencing ‘breath holding spells’ and he would grow out of them. She said that his cry is so strong that his heart rate slows down meaning not enough oxygen can get to his brain so he passes out. If he holds his breath for more than 30 seconds he is likely to have a seizure as a result of lack of oxygen. She prescribed us with iron as it could be a result of an iron deficiency and told us that he would have regular check ups in clinic until he grows out of it.
I would like to know if any other mums have experienced this to such a level. He turns blue and passes out at least 2 or 3 times a day and they seem to be getting worse as he is growing stronger. It is not the breath holding that concerns me, it is the seizure. I don’t know if the doctor thought I was over exaggerating but surely seizures are no good for babies full stop? If they are only getting worse does this mean he will have a seizure 2 or 3 times a day? I am epileptic so I am more calm than most but no mother would like to see their child go through this.
Please let me know if you have experienced it in any way.