Sleepwalking and Children
Alternate Names : Somnambulism, Noctambulation
What can be done to prevent the condition?
No one knows how to prevent sleepwalking completely. However,
the following measures may help sleepwalking to occur less often.
avoiding illegal drugs and
avoiding sleeping pills, tranquilizers,
and cold remedies
having regular bedtimes and waking up times
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
Sleepwalking in childhood is a common variation on the
sleep pattern. Most children who are affected by it do not have
episodes often. It is not linked to mental disorders in children and usually
disappears by the time children reach their teen years. Parents
should be aware, however, that children can accidentally injure
themselves while sleepwalking.
What are the risks to others?
Sleepwalking poses no risk to others.