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6 month old cried so hard he stopped breathing and turned blue! Help!

Hello,

I was bringing my very tired 6 month old into his house and barley bumped the back of his head on the door as I walked in. It was like a light brushing against the back of his head. I knew because he was so tired he was going to cry, he did cry, big time! It escalated very quickly and after a couple cries he absolutely could not catch his breath, he turned blue! I was freaking out, I put him upside down and gave him a wack on his back and he caught his breath. It took him a few minutes to calm down. I have never been so scared. Does anyone have experience with this? I have read that it's an involuntary holding of the breath and that he will grow out of it, I will definitely be taking an infant CPR class.

Re: 6 month old cried so hard he stopped breathing and turned blue! Help!

  • Correction, in our house*
  • That is terrifying. Why didn't you call the Pedi instead of posting here?!

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  • I did, they said to have him checked out in the ER. I told him he fell asleep and should I wake him up. They said, not to but to take him in after he wakes up, so I'm posting while I wait. I was hoping someone would have experience with this.
  • It happened to me once & scared me to death. My baby boy cried so hard & looked as if he didn't know how to breath when he's 3 months old & his face turned red...

    I didn't know what I could do but then I instinctively blew air into his mouth & he turned normal again. Guess I was thinking of first aid skills.

    Glad I took some first aid courses before.
  • Must have been terrifying for you!


    "It's always better when we're together." -Jack Johnson
  • Both my dd and ds1 did this. My daughter actually passed out a few times, my son only once. They automatically start breathing once they're out, but holy cow that is the longest, scariest moment ever!
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