Sobbing spasm in babies, what is it?

Sobbing spasm in babies, what is it?

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Babies often cry for different reasons throughout the day. Sometimes they usually emit loud sobs, turn red, and their body stiffen.

However, some babies, faced with a fright, a strong pain, a fall, a scolding or a surprise, do not start to cry, for a few seconds they stop breathing, they move their arms and legs and sometimes their skin even turns bluish. When this happens it is usually said that the baby has been deprived, but it is known as sobbing spasm or emotional apnea.

Many parents are scared when their child stops breathing and they find that he cannot start crying. Although it may seem very dangerous, they are situations that they last only a few seconds and within 1 minute the child begins to breathe on his own spontaneously. Other things you should know about the sobbing spasm are:

- It usually occurs in healthy babies and children and occurs mainly between 8 and 18 months.

- The reason why it happens to some children and to others is not well known, although it is believed that genetics may influence.

- There is no specific frequency for sobbing spasms, they can occur occasionally or several times a day.

- Spasms of sobbing they do not harm the child and they are not related to sudden death.

1- The first measure is keep calm and act calm To prevent the child from becoming more nervous, he will breathe naturally again in a few seconds.

2- Never shake the child or move him sharply to start breathing.

3- You can lie on your back to prevent accidents and that this way the cerebral flow is favored.

4- It is not necessary to perform any resuscitation maneuvers, or mouth to mouth.

5- Warn people who usually take care of you to stay calm.

These situations happen to 2 out of 3 children, but it is necessary to consult a pediatrician if they are younger than 6 months or older than 7 years, if it takes 5 minutes to recover, if after the event it does not seem normal or when the spasm does not it was triggered by a hit, a fright, a tantrum or a scolding.


- AEPAP: Spanish Association of Primary Care Pediatrics

- SEUP: Spanish Society of Pediatric Emergencies

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