sleep walking in young children.

Tegan - posted on 09/23/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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my daughter (3yrs). sleep walks, and has done for a while now. iam not worried about it, Iam just curious what advice people would give and how to manage it. It happens more so when we stay at family or friends houses, so could it be a stress related thing?

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Cheralee - posted on 09/25/2009

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I was a sleep-walker as a child and my daughter (2) is as well. I don't really see a connection to an overly busy or stressful day with my daughter or did my parents for me, but it can be related to stress and/or change. The most important thing is to make sure she is safe and to NEVER wake her. Be sure that if she is in an upstairs there is a gate to keep her from falling down the stairs, lock any doors to the outside, etc. My pediatrician said that sleep-walking and night terrors are both very common in the 2-4 year old set and are nothing to be concerned about. Most grow out of them. I did once I hit my teens, and then just talked A LOT in my sleep, but that is longer than most people experience it.

Priscilla - posted on 09/24/2009

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my 7 yr old does it once in a blue and it usually happens when shes had a busy day. my husband also talks in his sleep even ive been told that ive done some sleep walking lol but its normal i guess it mostly happens when youve had too much going on but whatever you do, dont try to wake her cause she can go into shock or even attack you (not to scare you but there have been reports about this ,a child being woken up while sleepwalking can go in such a shock that it can cause some or permanent damage to the brain). so basically you have to just let it happen! when she does it just guide her back to her bed or wherever shes sleeping or even bring her to your bed. well i hope this helped a little atleast.

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Sam - posted on 10/02/2009

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im lucky because where my room is,hers is opisite mine.Shes a sleep walker as well as as a sleeptalker.I hear her in the night singing to her teddies and saying weird stuff.She is only 2 and a half.But i have a stair gate from her room across the landing to my room.This way if she heads out her door she can only go back into hers or into mine.I have no products out or anythink in my room.Just me bed and dresser with underwear in.I take all things that could harm her out of her sight.Even down stairs i have me cleaning products in the laundry room out her way!You just never no what they could do hey!

I used to be a sleep walker and ata young age i let me sen out door at 3am and started walking down street.lol...

me mum soon came and got me ! poor mum,i must of worried hell outta her.But seriously,keep all thinks that could harm them away and always resort to a gate for stair safty!

Kelly - posted on 09/29/2009

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I was a sleep walker as a child and we were military and moved alot. It seemed that when we would move I would sleep walk more. I still do it today when we move. I am sure it is harmless just lead her back to bed.

Dana - posted on 09/29/2009

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Yes It can possable be stress related . Our 7 year old has been doing it for years , she mostly does it when she has a bad dream. My advice is just do not wake her up , I usually set her on the potty & that usually works after she's done I put her back in bed . I don't turn on lights either! I talked with my doctor & he said she should grow out of it , she has tried to walk out of our house in her sleep so we put bells on the entry doors ! I hope this will help. Good luck

Tegan - posted on 09/26/2009

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that would be pretty scary, My daughter has just done things like walked down the hall and played with her toys, and we have found her asleep in weird places like under our bed against the wall, or in the kitchen. I hoping it wont get worse, On the ocations i have caught her doing it Ive just guided her back to bed. and told her what iam doing.

Kathy - posted on 09/26/2009

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my 11yo daughter sleep walks....its never been a problem until recently. She has done things like stand in the middle of the living room, i talk to her, not realizing she is asleep. Once i asked her what she was doing, she said she was going to the bathroom...i said well then go...she said the door was locked i got up and followed her down the hall...bathroom door was wide open. Then a couple nights ago she came out, luckily we were sitting in the living room, she passed right by us, and started to open the front door. My hubby was like what are you doing..she said..i was going to ask mom to mix...then trailed off. she went back to her room, turned on her light, i turned it off and said go to bed, i was trying to help her into bed and she got back up turned on the light, and i redirected her again...i left the room, she woke up and had to go to the bathroom.

Tiffany - posted on 09/24/2009

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I know as a child I slept walked and my parents were told to not wake me just guide me back to my room. Not sure why you daughter does it more at strange places. She could be sensitive to change.

Brittany - posted on 09/24/2009

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It might be stress, but I think it might have more to do with how tired she may be. My 2 yr old daughter also sleep walks but has done so only twice. Each time it has happened it was a very eventful day. My husband also talks in his sleep if he is extremely tired.

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