pallid breath-holding spell

pallid breath-holding spell

behavior in which the child turns pale and falls limp, usually after a shock or surprise.
See also: breath-holding spell.
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Prospective study of children with cyanotic and pallid breath-holding spells.
Pallid breath-holding spells, which are less common, are typically initiated by a painful experience, such as falling and striking the head, or a sudden startle.