Sleepwalking | Treatment

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What should I do if my child sleepwalks?

The most important thing you can do is prevent injury by removing dangerous objects from areas that your child might reach. You should keep doors and windows closed and locked. If necessary, your child may have to sleep on the ground floor of your home.

When you find your child sleepwalking, you should gently guide your child back to bed. You shouldn't yell or make a loud noise to wake your child up. You shouldn't shake your child. Also, you should never make your child feel ashamed about sleepwalking.

How can sleepwalking be treated?

Usually, no specific treatments for sleepwalking are needed. Most children outgrow sleepwalking. If your child sleepwalks for a long time, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may want to look at the problem more closely. Some medicines can be used to treat sleepwalking. Your doctor may recommend you keep a "sleep diary" for your child to record the times when your child sleepwalks. Waking your child about 15 minutes before he or she usually sleepwalks can sometimes solve the problem. Talk to your family doctor before you begin this method of treatment.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 11/10
Created: 02/95

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