breath-holding attacks

breath-holding attacks

A form of infantile blackmail imposed on indulgent parents by determined and manipulative young children. The attacks superficially resemble epileptic seizures, but, although the child may turn purple and even appear to lose consciousness, they are harmless.
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It may also be mistaken as breath-holding attacks (where intra-thoracic pressure restricts cerebral perfusion) or Stokes-Adams attacks (where there is abnormal electrical function of the heart).
They can appear as the simple faint or as breath-holding attacks and can involve cardiac arrhythmia - when there is abnormal activity in the heart.
Other gentler sleep coaching programmes such as pick-up, put-down and the kissing game are not mentioned, nor is the management of breath-holding attacks that are sometimes seen as a response to controlled crying.
Although this sounds terrifying, breath-holding attacks are known to be harmless.
I was obviously concerned, but when I reported this to the GP, I was told that it was probably breath-holding attacks for attention-seeking.
Hannah was eventually given a clean bill of health at her six-week assessment, although her breath-holding attacks continued.