Children's Sleepwalking

Thursday, June 02, 2011

If you have a sleepwalking child, youre not alone. It can be unnerving to see, but sleepwalking is very common in kids. Dr. Edward Hill discusses childrens sleepwalking in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Sleepwalking happens when a child partly wakes up during the night. If your child sleepwalks, he or she may walk or do other things and not remember them the next day. The child may get out of bed and walk around the room. When you talk to your child, he or she usually will not answer you.

The most important thing you can do is keep dangerous objects away from places that your child can reach. Keep doors and windows closed and locked. You might need to move your child to a bedroom on the ground floor of your home.

When you find your child sleepwalking, gently guide him or her back to bed. Do not yell or make loud noises to wake your child up. Do not make your child feel ashamed about sleepwalking.

Most children who sleepwalk do not have emotional problems and most outgrow it.

Most children outgrow sleepwalking. If your child sleepwalks for a long time, talk to your doctor. Sometimes medicines can treat sleepwalking.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.