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3 month old child, holds breath while going down stairs, goes stiff, clenches hands, breast fed. Will this affect mental health?

We have a 3 month old son, and he is holding his breath when going down stairs (from our second level to the main level), is this normal? If not what should we do. he goes all stiff, holds his breath, arms stretched out and hands clenched. If we take it slow he sometimes does it sometimes doesn t. Sometimes he just does not do it on the first flight to the landing but from the landing to the main floor. Is there any problems we should be worried about? He is breast fed and is in the 90 percentile for his age and weight. I am worried that this could cause long term health problems for him and his mental health . Please advise.
Asked On : Fri, 13 Jul 2012
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not to be vary this seem to be breath holding spell in your child .
but i want to know one thing weither your child had episode only during climbing stair only or this episode used to occure any time . second thing i also want to rule out convulsion in children like infantile spasm . GET an EEG done to rule out convulsion .
breath holding spell did not lead to mental retardation .
give iron to the child . this will decrease frequency of breath holding spell.

thanks . hope you have found your adequate answer
Answered: Fri, 8 Feb 2013
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