I want to thank those of you who prayed for my grandson, Logan. At age 1 (the day before his first birthday, in fact) Logan experienced a period of apnea--he stopped breathing--and also experienced seizure-like body movements.
We were terrified.
We have had the best possible outcome; Logan has a benign condition that he will outgrow. A pediatric neurologist assured us that his symptoms are consistent with a condition in which a child exhales, then fails to take another breath. Sometimes he may begin to breathe again within just a few seconds, but sometimes he may lose consciousness, at which time he will automatically begin to breathe again. It is an involuntary response; during an episode the child is unable to inhale. The neurologist says the syndrome is somewhat misnamed and misunderstood, because the term "breath-holding syndrome" makes people think it is something the child does on purpose or when he/she is angry. Although attacks may follow emotional upset, pain, or a crying bout, they are involuntary.
Logan did not seem particularly upset when he had his episode, but he had been crying a bit. Perhaps he was in pain from a tummy upset or from some other unknown cause; pain can trigger the response. Some children never have another episode, and that's our prayer.
Thank you, thank you for your prayers!