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What are breath-holding spells, the common phenomenon that causes children to faint? – The Conversation AU

It’s understandably frightening and distressing when your child stops breathing and passes out. But breath-holding spells are actually fairly common in young children,…



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Its time to leave the playground but your 12-month-old daughter doesnt want to. She gets angry, cries out loudly, breathing all the way out and then holds her breath. She turns blue around the mouth and faints.
This is understandably very scary for any parent. But the good news is these episodes, called breath-holding spells, are common, not dangerous, resolve as children get older, and dont cause any long-term damage.
What are breath-holding spells?
Breath-holding spells affect up to one in every…

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