M.D. asks from Rockport, TX on May 18, 2009
Sleepwalking Totally Freaks Me Out! Do Your Kids Do It?
My daughter- (almost 8) had a late night tonight and went to bed around 9:30 with a headache. Mondays are always hard on her. Anyways.. about 11:00 I heard some banging around upstairs and went to see what it was. (everyone was in bed but me) As i got to the top of the stairs I heard a loud noise in the playroom, but it was very dark in there. So I turned a light on and found my daughter in a baby cradle! Its a full size old fashioned cradle and she was on her knees all balled up in it. I asked her what she was doing and she said "sleeping". So, I got her out and tried to wake her up and asked her why she was in there and she said she just wanted to lay down. I have never been around anyone that sleepwalks but it really freaks me out! I cant help it. Do your kids do it and if so, have they done some weird things like this. I put her in her bed and she is sleeping sound. Do people sleewalk when they are REALLY tired? She has never done this. I know its not a big deal- it has just always been a weird thing to me. Thanks for any info you can share.
T.F. answers from Dallas on May 19, 2009
My daughter did this a few times around age 7. She was headed outside. We have the security system with "babysitter" chime so we felt comfortable with that as far as her not getting out without us.
We had heard not to wake her up but to guide her back to bed. We did this and it ended soon after.
Hopefully, it will end for you as well... It is not fun to go through.
P.W. answers from Dallas on May 19, 2009
E. answers from Dallas on May 18, 2009
This has happened with both of my children, but my son has done it a lot. He too is 8yrs. old and he can have whole conversations, making no sense and sometimes he's shaking so bad that you'd think he was engulfed in ice. The next morning he remembers nothing. It's really weird, but I was told definitely not to try and wake them up. At first, I did that and my son went balistic(while sleep walking). I've heard they can't just suddenly wake up when they're in it. I just guide my son back to bed and he usually goes back to sleep fine. I Hope this helps a little.
J.T. answers from Dallas on May 19, 2009
I am a sleepwalker and talker as is my mother. My husband talks in his sleep also. IMO, the best thing you can do is "play along" with whatever the person is telling you or doing, and slowly guide her out of it. For example, last night you could've just said "Okay" and carried her to her bed without trying to wake her up. (I understand why you needed to wake her for your own understanding since it was the first time you've dealt with it.) Don't laugh at her, freak out, or tell her she doesn't know what she's talking about--she will probably get very upset. It seems just as real to her as it would if she were awake.
It is a little freaky, but it's not something to worry about. Like the previous poster said, make sure the house is secure. Perhaps for your own peace of mind, you could keep a video baby monitor in her room.
G.R. answers from Dallas on May 19, 2009
my son do thatr and i read this when he starts doing that
A young child may wander around the cot. An older child will get up out of bed and walk around their room or the house. Younger children tend to walk towards a parent or light source. Even though your child is asleep they can carry out simple tasks such as setting tables, rearranging furniture or changing clothes. Some children may urinate (pee) in strange places such as cupboards or on the floor. They may have a conversation although it usually makes little sense.
Occasionally children can let themselves out of the house and can wander around outside. The child doesn't recognize anyone and although their eyes are open they often have a glazed appearance. Occasionally a child can become quite agitated and upset during an episode.
Children who sleep walk are basically stuck halfway between being asleep and awake. A few hours after falling asleep when the child is moving from a deep sleep to light sleep they get stuck. They are awake enough to get out of bed, talk and have their eyes open, but they are asleep in that they do not respond to a parent trying to interact with them and have no memory of the episode in the morning. Often there is a family history of night terrors or sleep walking.
Episodes may become worse with illness and fevers, or if your child becomes very worried about something.
Sleep walking happens in healthy children and usually does not indicate significant emotional or psychological problems
Make sure that your home is safe and secure.
Your child is asleep and does not remember what happened the next morning.
Make sure that your child has a good sleep routine and has enough sleep.
don't try to wake her just go on in the conversation and guide her to the bed