Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Preventing Breath-Holding Spells in Children
As children learn to deal with frustration, fear, and anger,
breath-holding spells become less frequent.
Parents may be able to prevent some spells by seeing that their child
gets plenty of rest and that he or she feels secure. Some ways to help your
child get enough rest include:
Here are some ways you can help your child feel secure and less
Encouraging your child to play alone will help your child develop a
more positive self-image. This also can reduce feelings of frustration.
Some parents are so upset by breath-holding spells that they shelter
the child from any and all frustrating situations or may fail to set consistent
limits for the child in an effort to prevent the spells. As a result, the child
doesn't learn other ways to express his or her frustration and anger.
Even if the parents' efforts succeed in preventing breath-holding
spells, the behavior problems may remain. To avoid this problem:
If you struggle with any of these issues, parenting classes or
counseling can sometimes be helpful.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Current as ofAugust 21, 2015
Current as of:
August 21, 2015
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2015 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.