Sleepwalking and Children
Alternate Names : Somnambulism, Noctambulation
What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?
Typically, the sleeping child suddenly sits up. His or her
movements are clumsy. There may be repetitive movements of the
fingers and hands. The child's eyes may be open, but with a blank
stare. Sometimes the child gets out of bed and walks around without purpose.
More often, he or she simply lies down again after a period of restless
motion. The child may perform clumsy, but purposeful activities such as
trying to open a door or trying to get dressed.
The child usually cannot be awakened during one of these
episodes. When spoken to, he or she may answer with
mumbling and slurred speech. An episode can last 5 to 20 minutes.
Afterward, the child lies down and goes back to sleep.