breath-holding

breath-hold·ing

(breth'hōld-ing),
Voluntary or involuntary cessation of breathing; often seen in young children as a response to frustration.

breath-holding

[breth-]
Etymology: AS, braeth + ME, holden
a form of voluntary apnea that is usually but not necessarily performed with a closed glottis. Although breath-holding may be prolonged for several minutes, it is invariably terminated either voluntarily or when the person or child loses consciousness.

breath-holding

(brĕth-hōl′dĭng)
The voluntary or involuntary stopping of breathing may be seen in children who use this to attempt to control the behavior of their parents.
References in periodicals archive ?
Breath-holding spells are events where children will cry until they begin to turn blue with loss of consciousness and collapse.
A Sailor died while practicing breath-holding in an MWR pool.
The nifty breath-holding adaptation has allowed cockroaches to colonise drier habitats and may allow them to thrive in climate change, according to George McGavin of the University of Oxford.
SPHERE I GO David in training for his world record underwater breath-holding attempt
Sugano et al (32) compared 3 different patterns of respiratory suspension: midnormal respiration, inspiratory, and expiratory breath-holding acquisitions for portal-vein flow assessment, concluding that expiratory breath-hold increases blood flow to the greatest degree, with deep inspiratory breath-holding resulting in the least portal-venous flow.
About 5% of healthy children under 8 years of age have breath-holding spells.
Adrian Lole, UK development director for RLSS UK, said: "We have concerns that David Blaine's stunt will trigger youngsters to try a breath-holding exercise.
Lower levels of carbon dioxide and oxygen caused by competitive and repetitive breath-holding in swimming pools can and do kill.
They undertake a series of continuous shallow nasal breathing exercises, mixed with breath-holding exercises.
NORTHRIDGE - An apparently drunk man participating in an underwater breath-holding contest nearly drowned Sunday in an apartment complex swimming pool, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said.
Hitting fell by 35 per cent, crying was down 21 per cent and breath-holding fell by 14 per cent.