One evening he got upset, started crying, wouldn't take a breath, turned blue and limp, and lost consciousness for a few seconds.
Needless to say it was a terrifying experience, and after an hour or so in the Emergency Room, the ER physician told us it appeared he had a breath holding spell.
I had never heard of breath holding spells before (neither had any of my friends), but when I came home and researched it online, I discovered many babies and kids experience breath holding spells.
Since that first spell, Smiley Boy has had several more. We try our best to prevent them, and usually if he does have one he'll get out of it pretty quickly. On occasion it'll be a really frightening spell (they're all frightening, but some more than others), and he'll end up just falling asleep in my arms because the spell took so much out of him.
Well, he recently had another spell, but this time it was really bad--so bad that he ended up twitching and appeared to have a seizure for about two minutes.
After another trip to the ER and a meeting with a pediatric neurologist, as well as discussing with Smiley Boy's pediatrician the events that transpired, we were advised that although it appears his seizure was due to the breath holding spell (and all kinds of literature state that seizures are possible), that Smiley Boy should get an EEG done "for peace of mind."
Right now my only concern is that he'd have to be sedated.
As I write this I'm still awaiting a call from the hospital to find out what dates are available to schedule one.
Although everything I've read about breath holding spells says they don't hurt the child, it's simply terrifying for us.
I've come across one person via Twitter who has a son that experienced breath holding spells, and her sharing her experiences with me has been so helpful. Other than her, I personally know of no other parent who has a child who experiences breath holding spells. Although, as I mentioned, after searching online I discovered that many children experience them, not too many people have heard of breath holding spells--even the paramedics that came to treat Smiley Boy!
I'm hoping and praying that once the EEG is scheduled that everything goes well and that the seizure was really due to breath holding spells.
Have you heard of breath holding spells?
Has your child ever had to get an EEG done?
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