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