Sleepwalking in Children: Symptoms and Treatment

Sleepwalking, also known as somnambulism, is a disorder characterized by walking or other activities while the child is still asleep. Children who sleep walks may be partly awaken during night. They may walk or do other activities without any remembrance of doing so.

Symptoms of sleepwalking in children

sleepwalking in children

Here are few symptoms to identify sleepwalking in children.

  • Episodes of sleepwalking in children may range from silent walking to restless running or efforts to get away. The child may appear confused and clumsy in his behavior while sleepwalking.
  • The eyes of child are open with staring appearance while roaming around the home.
  • The children may have blank look on their face.
  • When you ask your child while sleepwalking, they respond slowly, give nonsense answers and inappropriate responses. If you take your child to the bed without waking him up, he generally do not remember the episode.
  • Grown-up children awaken at the end of the event and feel embarrassed by their behavior.
  • According to some studies, sleepwalking children will be restless at the age of 4 and 5 and more restless during the first year of their life with repeated awakenings.

Treatment for sleepwalking in children

Usually, there are no specific treatments for sleepwalking. But, parents need to take safety measures to prevent injuries. These include moving electrical cords, furniture and sharp objects from the child’s room. Even, the stairways should be blocked with a gate.

For some cases, doctors may prescribe short-acting tranquilizers to reduce episodes of sleepwalking in children.