Is It Normal for Children to Hold Their Breath?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-QA-enHD-AR1.gifFind out what the experts have to say.breath, breathing, hold, choke, air, throat, pass out, faint, strangle, air passage, cough, hold breath, fainting, tantrums, tempers, breath holding, breath-holding, breathholding, not breathing, trying to pass out, breathes, not breatheing11/25/200308/01/201708/01/2017Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD06/13/2017f08ed7de-c57c-4d7c-a4f1-0e2327a4a2c4https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/breath-holding.html/<p><em>My 2-year-old recently started to hold his breath when he doesn't get what he wants, and it terrifies me. Is this normal?<br /> </em>&ndash; <em>LaVonne</em></p> <p>As frightening as it might be when your son holds his breath, it's actually quite common among toddlers &mdash; and is likely to be more alarming to you than it is dangerous for him.</p> <p>The best response to such behavior is to make sure he is safe, keep him lying down on his side, and try to stay relaxed. Most kids outgrow breath-holding episodes by the time they're 5 or 6 years old.</p> <p>Occasionally, kids may pass out for 30&ndash;60 seconds during a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/spells.html/">breath-holding spell</a>. If this happens, talk with&nbsp;your doctor to be sure nothing more serious is going on. The doctor might want to test for <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/anemia.html/">anemia</a>, which is sometimes associated with breath holding. When the anemia is treated, kids are often less likely to pass out when holding their breath.</p>
Breath-Holding SpellsKids who have these spells hold their breath until they pass out. Although upsetting to watch, the spells are not harmful and do not pose any serious, long-term health risks.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/spells.html/49634d91-5687-405e-adac-d5effae5eb6c
Taming TempersControlling outbursts can be difficult for kids - and helping them learn to do so is a tough job for the parents who love them. But just about every child can improve with the right coaching.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/temper.html/eba11d0e-5247-42ae-b37a-1f1ffccba4a9
Temper TantrumsTemper tantrums range from whining and crying to screaming, kicking, hitting, and breath holding. Get the facts on managing - and preventing - temper tantrums.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/tantrums.html/8319b38f-042e-47fa-b387-bcc86b2e67d1
Your Child's HabitsNail biting, hair twirling, thumb sucking, and nose picking - these childhood habits are common. Here's how to deal with them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/five-habits.html/b8588725-5579-4a37-b650-59fb656d6c0b
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