My 3 and a half year old has just been diagnosed (Oct 14) with RAS, and has had 3 episodes, all triggered by a fast, surpise fall (including a bump to the head on two occasions). He has had many falls and bumps to the head in the past, and only started having these episodes a few days after a serious car accident where we were hit at speed from behind on a slip road whilst we were stationary (July 14).The first episode happened within a week. The last one, which happened after his diagnosis with RAS, presented more like a breath holding spell as he did the long silent cry and couldn't seem to get a breath in. This time he was only unconscious very briefly and was much less frightening than the previous two.
As he is older than the usual age of onset (he was 3 and 2 mths when he had the first one), I am wondering whether the car accident triggered it in some way, and just wondered if anyone else has experience of RAS or breath holding starting following a traumatic or frightening experience? He didn't have an episode at the time of the collision, but did cry a lot, and it was a very loud and unexpected bang when we were hit. He complained of neck and ear pain at the time, so an ambulance came and checked him over but didn't think he needed to be admitted to hospital or have x-rays.
He is about to start at a new nursery and everyone I discuss it with thinks it strange that it only started after the car accident. (One nursery actually rejected him on the basis of his RAS diagnosis!)
I'd be very grateful to hear from anyone with their experiences of RAS.