Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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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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Last Updated: Dec 2, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Child Breath-Holding References
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