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Question: 12 month old tightens muscles when angry

 elocini419 - Wed Dec 02, 2009 10:50 am

My one year old son has recently started tightening up his face, hands, and arms when he gets angry or excited. He then makes some kind of grunting or groaning sound and stops breathing momentarily. At first I didn't think much of it but now it is happening quite often. Sometimes he'll do it and it seems as though he can't stop, then once he stops he fusses or whines a little. I can't quite determine if he is doing it voluntarily or involuntarily. I'm just wondering if this is normal development or if he might have some kind of physiological problem? I'm also wondering if I should ignore the behavior or embrace it?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sat Dec 19, 2009 3:00 pm

User avatar Hello,
This sounds like a normal and fairly common response in many toddlers. Discuss it with your child's doctor at the next visit to be sure all bases are covered but I doubt it is anything to worry about. Breath-holding is especially common in this age group. The good thing is that nature takes care of it and the child resumes breathing without adverse event - except that of scaring the parents.

Best wishes.

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