Sleepwalking and children
Is sleepwalking normal for children?
Sleepwalking is a disturbance where a person leaves their bed and walks without being aware of the event. It is usually triggers by poor sleep habits.
In children, sleepwalking starts between ages 6 and 12 and occurs more often in boys than girls. Children usually out grow sleepwalking.
If you can, gently steer someone who is sleepwalking safely back to bed. Try to make the home safer, such as adding gates to stairways, to prevent injury.
Trying to maintain a bedtime routine may help reduce the problem.
A.D.A.M. Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Greg Juhn, MTPW, David R. Eltz. Previously reviewed by Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. (2/14/2009).
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