Before taking your child to a doctor for
breath-holding spells, write down what typically
happens. These descriptions will help you to give your child's doctor accurate information to make an initial diagnosis. Try to observe
and record what happens before, during, and after the breath-holding spell.
Keep the following questions in mind:
What situations occur just before your child has
a breath-holding spell?
During a spell, does your child's skin
color appear to become more blue-red or more pale?
How does your
child act during a spell? Do your child's muscles twitch?
do the spells last?
Does your child pass out?
child vomit or pass urine?
How does your child act after a
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