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i have a 2 month old who i thought might be have acid re flux but after she eat sleeps or crys hard she turn pale sometimes cant breath when i pick her up her body goes stiff she stiffens her head tilted back and make her eyes look up toward the ceiling what could this be

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replied September 17th, 2016
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The episode you have described could be a seizure disorder or it could be a breath holding spell.

Breath-holding spells are episodes in which a child cries because he is hurt, frightened, or upset, turns pale or blue, and loses consciousness. The episodes are involuntary which means that the child cannot control them. They can be triggered by pain, fear, or the child becoming upset. The episodes usually last less than one minute.

Breath-holding episodes are common, occurring in 4 to 5% of children. When a child first starts to have episodes they may occur weeks or months apart, but then increase in frequency. The majority of children with breath-holding spells have 1 to 6 episodes per week. Although breath-holding spells are frightening to watch, the child is not harmed by them and they do not cause any brain damage or result in epilepsy.

If you have any doubts or concerns , it would be best to consult a pediatrician and seek a proper opinion.

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