Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Honey | 2010/02/10



My daugh is 10 and she sleepwalks. Last night we thought there was a burglar as we hears smashing of glass. She actually knocked off a vase and was running into our room. It was very scary! How can this be treated. It happens about once a week. We are also two minded about sending her on the school camp. Please give some advice. Thanks doc

Expert's Reply



This is not uncommon in children of this age and usually lasts for a few years and then stops by itself. Stress can certainly aggravate or start off the problem. Make sure that your daughter goes to the bathroom before bedtime as the need to pass urine at night may start off the sleep walking. Make sure she is safe and cannot walk into anything dangerous such as the glass vase that may cause her an injury. Be sure that she cannot fall down stairs or walk out of a door or window.When she sleepwalks simply lead her back to her bed and do not wake her.

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