Baby Breath-Holding Treatment
Treatment is usually not necessary for a breath-holding spell. Most children outgrow these spells by the time they are 6 years old. Since breath-holding spells can be triggered by fear or a traumatic event, avoiding these situations will reduce spells. A parent or caregiver should remain calm before and after a breath-holding spell to minimize impact on the child. The child must be in a safe place during a breath-holding spell, in order to avoid an injury when the child falls.
In some children, holding a cold cloth on the forehead may shorten a breath-holding spell. Even if the child has a brief seizure during a breath-holding spell, antiseizure medications are not required because the child does not have epilepsy.
Rarely, breath-holding spells represent a symptom of a severe underlying inherited disease. In these cases, treatment is directed at the underlying disease.
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