(prince george bc canada)
My 1 yr old gets so angry she starts to hyperventilate, her eyes roll in the back of her head and she passes out. Doctors say it is just anger, is there another reason? It is very upsetting to see her pass out and I am afraid that she is seriously ill.Baby Help Line:
Reasons Why A Baby May Pass Out
Anxiety, fear, pain and intense emotional stress may cause a brief loss of consciousness and posture in children.
If your baby becomes intensely anxious and breathes too quickly, she may faint from taking too much oxygen and getting rid of too much carbon dioxide too quickly.
Temper tantrums do not themselves lead to loss of consciousness, unless they are a trigger for a breath-holding spell or Expiratory Apnea, as it is sometimes called. Breath-holding spells are not dangerous, but scary. These spells usually result from anger, fear, pain or frustration and are reflexes; they are not caused by children on purpose.
Breath-holding spells are common among 1 to 3 years old children and are usually not serious. They do not cause permanent damage of affect your child’s health. Breath-holding spells usually disappear when children get older.
If your baby has one of these episodes try to sit calmly and breathe slowly yourself, it will help to calm you, and she may pick up on it. To protect your baby during a spell, lay your child on the floor. After the spell, comfort your child.
For a young child, like your daughter, trying to disctract her before she gets so very upset is usually quite an effective method to avoid these episodes as much as possible. Try to not go into power struggles with her, whe is much too young to understand verbal corrections anyway. If there’s somehting she wants, that you don’t want her to have or do, then try to divert her attention into something else.
I hope this helps,
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