Breath-Holding Spells

Breath-holding spells (BHS) during a temper tantrum are fairly common among young children (27% of healthy children do this, according to one study), with the greatest frequency in the second year of life.

Usually, children outgrow BHS by age 4. The best response to this form of tantrum is to ignore it. Pay positive attention to your child only when the breath-holding spell (or tantrum of any other kind) stops.

Talk to your child’s healthcare provider about this behavior, however, to make sure the breath holding isn’t due to any kind of health problem.

See also ...

•   Types of toddler tantrums

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