How effective is iron supplementation for breath-holding attacks in children?
It is not known if the benefit of iron supplementation is sustained after three months or if therapy should be continued until the child grows out of the breath-holding episodes. One of the studies may have introduced bias by enrolling only children attending a tertiary children’s hospital.
Breath-holding attacks are paroxysmal events, affecting approximately 5% of healthy children. They are distinct from seizures and it is common for them to resolve spontaneously by the time the child reaches seven years of age.