What should you do if your child started sleepwalking?

By Hey Bee May 1 2020 in Babycare

Things you should know about sleep walking:

·         It is common in kids. Most kids outgrow it by they reach their teens.

·         It is difficult to wake a sleepwalking child. He may feel groggy and disoriented upon waking up

·         The child would not remember a thing they did while sleepwalking.

Risk levels of Sleepwalking:

1. Harmless- like sitting up

2. Potentially dangerous-like wandering outside

3. Inappropriate-like opening a closet door and peeing in it.

Causes of sleepwalking:

·         Lack of sleep or the child is too tired

·         If the child has irregular sleep schedules

·         In case of fever or other illness

·         It may occur due to some medication

·         Stress could also cause sleepwalking

What happens during sleep walking:

·         They are sleep talking

·         They seem dazed

·         They look confused

·         They won’t respond to you

·         They might keep rubbing their eyes or fussing with clothes

·         Their eyes are open but they don’t see things the same way they do when they are awake.

Severity of this condition:

·         It is not harmful but hazardous as they might run into doors or walk down the stairs, fall and hurt themselves.

·         There is nothing wrong with your child’s emotional or psychological wellbeing.

·         It does not cause any emotional harm.

Keeping your child safe:

·         You should not try to wake your child instead gently guide him or her to bed.

·         Lock all possible doors and windows of child’s room as well as of the house.

·         Make sure there isn’t any sharp objects around.

·         Keep away hazardous things.

When to see a doctor:

·         When this becomes a regular episode

·         When your child stays sleepy all day

·         When he or she either harms him/herself or others in sleep  

Consult a psychologist in extreme behavioural pattern to check whether there is any specific brain activity responsible for this