We can frequently see children who, while crying because of frustration, anger, fear or pain, undergo episodes of momentary detention of breath, change of skin colour (to bluish or paleness), loss of consciousness and even convulsions in some cases.
This type of attack can show itself completely, according to the above mentioned, or not completely, without loss of consciousness or a convulsion, which is more frequent.
There are two types of spasm of the weep:
Spam of the palid weep
Spam of the cyanotic weep
According to statistics approximately 5% of the children undergo this kind of episode but the amount is considered to be bigger
There are cases of children experiencing these episodes until they are over 5 or 6 years of age but this is not frequent.
There is often a family background regarding spasm of the weep but it should be pointed out that the psychological and emotional basis of the children and the family conditions the presence of the spasms.
Pediatricians must keep the family of a child having this problem under control in order to put away wrong fantasies of death, overprotection and too much anxiety when facing these situations.
The treatment basically consists in educating the parents to handle these situations; they must know it is a pathology with spontaneous disappearance and with no consequences of future neurological problems.
There is no specific medication for this pathology (only in VERY specific cases in which the specialist shall indicate it).
Psychological therapy is used to clarify causes within the family if the episodes of Spasm of the Weep persist.
Children suffering frm these spasms have emotional and behaviour problems. Therefore we recommend a good conversation with the pediatrician and eventually consulting a psychologist if necessary.
We hope we have been of help.