Child Breath-Holding Home Care
Home care of a breath-holding spell includes:
- Time the breath-holding spell.
- During the spell:
- Apply a cold, wet washcloth to the child's forehead.
- Lay the child flat on his or her back to improve blood flow to the brain.
- Remain calm.
- After the spell:
- Give the child a hug.
- Continue with what you were doing prior to the attack.
Child Breath-Holding Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have a breath-holding spell and any of the following:
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