I am not a proud person... I will admit that our sweet precious angel has managed to throw a few fits lately. Our doctor actually warned us at our last appointment that this may start happening but I have to say that I wasn't prepared for such a strong willed little angel. Yesterday I received one of my many weekly e-mails from Baby Center and it totally reinforced what we have been going through and put me at ease a little more about it... here goes...
Is it normal that my toddler holds her breath to the point of passing out?
As surprising as it may sound, yes. "This is called a breath-holding tantrum, and it's very common in toddlers," says Vicki Panaccione, also known as "The Parenting Professor," a child psychologist with the Better Parenting Institute in Melbourne, Florida.What does a breath-holding tantrum look like? Your toddler is upset she doesn't get any more juice or furious she can't decorate the wall with crayons, so she starts crying — but doesn't take in that next breath. The seconds tick by and she begins to turn blue, then passes out.Your toddler will probably be unconscious for no more than 30 to 60 seconds. When she comes to, she'll likely inhale deeply and go back to normal breathing. She may be frightened, a bit confused, and still crying, and she may not remember what she was crying about in the first place."This behavior can be very distressing to parents, but never fear," says Panaccione. "It isn't a sign of serious problems."
I hope that your kiddo doesn't happen to be one of the kids that decides to throw this kind of fit and to be totally honest it hasn't happened a lot. Just three times. But, I am hoping she grows out of this sooner than later. And thankfully she has only done it at home. I would at a loss if it happened in public. I keep telling myself... THIS TOO SHALL PASS!