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I have already heard so many sleepwalking stories, some that even left me with the creeps. For a time my brother, when he was little, had this disorder. At night, he would get up, walk down the hall of our house, and then crawl back into his bed and fall asleep. Once I got up and followed him. He had his little eyes open, but he couldn't see me, it was as if he was sleeping, standing up. We were very afraid that that way he would hurt himself.
I have heard cases of families of sleepwalking children who had to lock all the doors and windows in the house with keys to prevent the children from being able to open the door and leave. According to the latest statistics, one in 10 school-age children will have sleepwalked at least once. This disorder is not that common, but many children have already gone through this experience.
Sleepwalking is a disorder that usually occurs in the deepest stage of sleep that causes a child, partially asleep, to wake up during the night, sit in bed with wide eyes and a steady gaze, and walk around his room or around the house and doing things, not remembering after what he did. A sleepwalking child may play, open and close doors, dress or undress, turn lights off or on, moving with little coordination. If you try to talk to him, he usually won't answer you. He may make a few whispers, but you won't understand what he's saying.
Sleepwalking can be caused by some disruption of regular sleep patterns or by some feverish state. During childhood, this disorder is not related to psychological or emotional problems or epilepsy. In general, it is a harmless disorder and tends to disappear with time and with the maturation of children's sleep.
If you ever find your child walking around the house asleep one night, don't treat him like a 'ghost'. The first thing you should do is carefully guide him back to his bed. See that next to the child and also around the house, there are no dangerous objects, pointed, with which the child can hurt himself. Keep cabinets, doors, and windows locked and never try to wake him up.
It is not advisable for a sleepwalking child to sleep in bunk beds or have access to stairs. Apart from all these measures, it is recommended that your child's sleep follows a routine so that he can rest as much as possible. If you notice that sleepwalking persists for a long time and that apart from that it becomes uncontrollable, it is best to consult your doctor.
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