What should I do if my child is sleepwalking? Do you want to wake him up?

time:2022-11-27 05:44:05source:monlittlebaby.com author:Cry
What should I do if my child is sleepwalking? Do you want to wake him up?

The British "Daily Mail" has reported that a little girl in Thailand fell from the 11th floor because she fell over the guardrail because of sleepwalking. If parents know the common sense of "sleepwalking", such accidents can be completely avoided.

What is sleepwalking? Does it have anything to do with dreaming?

"Sleepwalking" is neurologically a sleep disorder in which the patient suddenly gets up from the bed after falling asleep, or speaks indiscriminately, or gets out of bed to walk around the room. Some patients also cook, and even put on clothes to open the street and so on. After that, he went back to bed and went back to sleep, and the next day he had no memory of what happened that night. Sleepwalking has nothing to do with dreaming, in which patients lose touch with their surroundings and seem to live in a privately constructed world. It usually occurs 1 to 2 hours after falling asleep and can last 5 to 20 minutes.

Why are children prone to sleepwalking?

According to statistics, sleepwalkers account for about 1% to 6% of the total population, and most of them occur in children aged 6 to 12. The proportion of children with occasional sleepwalking is 15%. The specific reasons that cause sleepwalking in children are as follows: First, related to brain development Under normal circumstances, the activities of the brain are divided into "excitation" and "inhibition". During sleep, if you dream of being chased by a tiger, your brain will send an instruction to your feet: "run quickly". In most cases, the brain's inhibitory mechanisms block the signal transmission so that a person can continue to sleep peacefully. However, because the cranial nerves in the child's cerebral cortex have not yet matured, and the brain's inhibitory function is insufficient, the instructions are transmitted to the motor system, and the child will act according to the instructions, resulting in the phenomenon of sleepwalking. With the increase of age, many children's "sleepwalking" can disappear on their own after entering puberty. Second, it is related to emotional tension. If parents demand too much of their children, often accuse and criticize, or children do not manage well with their classmates at school, they are too anxious and depressed, and they cannot relax before going to bed, which will also aggravate the occurrence of sleepwalking. Third, children at this age are imaginative and easy to regard fantasy as the real world. They are afraid of the dark, fear the night, and become nervous, which can also induce sleep disorders. Fourth, it is related to family inheritance. According to statistics, the proportion of sleepwalking in the same family is relatively high, so sleepwalking has a tendency of family inheritance. Parents can rely on whether someone in their family suffers from sleepwalking as a reference for whether their children may be sleepwalking.

What if my child is sleepwalking?

Because sleepwalking children are unconscious, family members should strengthen monitoring at night and take safety measures to ensure the safety of children. First, to ensure the safety of the home, close the doors and windows before going to bed, and beware of the danger of falling when the child walks out in the middle of the night. Dangerous objects in the house should be placed in places that are not easily touched by walking, and sharp objects on the ground should be cleaned to ensure the safety of children. Try not to let sleepwalking children sleep on bunk beds. Second, try not to wake the child up during sleepwalking. It is difficult for people who are sleepwalking to be woken up, so if the child does not hurt others or himself while sleepwalking, you can try to guide the child back to the bed, but it is best to wake up if the guidance fails, or if the child appears to be hurting himself or others. It should be noted that do not wake up the sleepwalker by shaking, so the sleepwalker may think that you are going to attack him and will resist, but instead cause more damage. Third, consult a doctor if necessary. If it is a mild sleepwalking, no treatment is required. For example, if the child gets up in the middle of the night and walks around, then he goes back to bed by himself, and no more than twice a month. However, if the child's sleepwalking phenomenon is serious and frequent, which affects the child's physical development, it is necessary to consult a doctor and carry out relevant treatment. In order to help children develop good sleep habits, parents can learn from the following methods:
  • Cultivate and establish sleep rituals
Cultivate children's regular bedtime rituals, the main point is: simple + repeat + Persistence. For example: read picture books with your child for 10-15 minutes before going to bed, kiss your child and say good night, turn off the lights.
  • Using 1 hour of parent-child time before bedtime
to fix bedtime, you can arrange your child to do bedtime preparations an hour in advance, for example: wash, put on pajamas, dim the indoor lights , Read picture books to children, speak softly, create a relaxed sleeping atmosphere, and let children calm down from the excitement of the day.
  • Don't stimulate and stress the child
Don't show the child any electronic products such as mobile phones and kiosks before going to bed. You can arrange some low-intensity activities for the child, such as: drawing Draw graffiti, flip through picture books, play with building blocks, do handicrafts, etc., so as to prevent children from being too excited and affecting sleep. Don't scold or scold the child loudly before going to bed, so as to avoid the child's emotional tension and prevent the child from falling asleep under pressure. Avoid going to bed too late, causing the child to be too tired and tired, and avoid eating too much before going to bed, causing indigestion. In short, let the child be in a comfortable state before going to bed.
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