Sleepwalking in children: how it occurs and what to do

Sleepwalking in children: how it occurs and what to do

Sleepwalking in children occurs between the ages of three and eight. This episode of "Daily Health Pills" explains how to behave

What is sleepwalking in children? There are children who jump out of bed and then start walking, perhaps to carry out very different activities. There are those who go to the fridge, those who put their clothes in place as if they were packing a suitcase, those who prepare to drive a car for fun. However, there is one common thing that binds all these manifestations of "active" children. People with this sleep disorder do not remember what happened.

How sleepwalking manifests itself

It is true that sleepwalking can be scary, but if your child is wandering around the house while sleeping, you need to talk to your pediatrician. And it's important to look at what time it is. Think that when sleepwalking appears in the very early hours of the night, as part of the phases of deep sleep, it is more likely that it is a normal situation that resolves itself with the passage of time.

According to experts, the movements that appear within the first two hours from the moment the baby fell asleep is one of the signs that sleepwalking should not create particular apprehension. The situation changes and requires careful control when the child repeats always the same movements, and then what scientists call motor automatisms appear. In these cases, it is important to go to a specialized center and perhaps perform specific checks such as an electroencephalogram.

Sleepwalking is a widespread form of parasomnia that can affect up to 15 out of 100 children and occurs mainly between the ages of three and eight. It generally recognizes a hereditary nature and resolves in the course of adolescence. In about one out of 5 cases, nocturnal movements can also remain in adults, especially after large quantities of alcohol have been consumed. In adults, sleepwalking occurs in about 2 out of 100 people, although with very different and sometimes not even perceived manifestations.

Some practical advice

Close the windows carefully, place the mattresses on the floor or in any case avoid excessive rises, remove dangerous objects from the bedroom, arrange padding around the bed, install a motion detector if necessary and above all regulate the rhythms of sleep and ensure a quantity of optimal rest, at least 7-8 hours.

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“Daily Health Pills” is Tipsforwomens TakeCare's podcast series, curated by Federico Mereta. In each episode we talk about prevention, care and good habits.

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