So I have had two kids. One in particular fell down a lot and seemed to like to use his face to break his fall. It usually goes like this:
Small child gets hurt (somehow). Then there is that dreadful eerie silence. I am pretty sure that the worse the pain is, the longer the pause. It can definitely last up to 4 seconds or more. Usually their mouth is open for a lot of it. Then come the SCREEEAAAMM!
Does anyone know why they pause? I had always assumed it was to inhale, but after watching them up close, I think they spend most of that time holding their breath.
Maybe everyone does this, but it is so much more pronounced with babies and toddlers because they are so willing to let out a complete no-holds-bar scream/cry.