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Sleepwalking and Children

Alternate Names : Somnambulism, Noctambulation

Sleepwalking and Children | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

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 alcohol
  • avoiding sleeping pills, tranquilizers, pain medicines, and cold remedies
  • having regular bedtimes and waking up times
  • using stress management techniques
  • 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.

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    Sleepwalking and Children: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: John Wegmann, MD
    Reviewer: Kathleen A. MacNaughton, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 10/16/02

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