As often as it is shown on TV and in books. You would think a toddler’s sleepwalking is a rare event. But in the early years of their lives, it is a common event. It is not something the toddler will keep doing. As they get closer to their teen years, they seem to grow out of sleepwalking.
Sleepwalking only lasts for a few seconds or up to thirty minutes. If your toddler is sleepwalking, it is hard for them to be woken up from the state. Usually, if it happens, they will be dizzy and disoriented.
1. What Can Happen?
While the event is sleepwalking, it can take on a few different forms. The least dangerous form of sleepwalking is when the individual just sits up in their bed. Usually, the child will sit up and maybe do a little talking. The only worrisome part about sitting up and talking is it will be a little scary. Another form of sleepwalking, which can be dangerous for the child, is when they get up and walk. It is dangerous because they could walk over to a flight of stairs and fall. Another form of sleepwalking is where the toddler will open doors. End up going to the bathroom. When a toddler goes to the bathroom in their closet, they will not remember. So there is no point in yelling at them about it.
2. What To Expect.
As it was before, sleepwalking is more common in toddlers than in adults. But if it is something to come up in your family history. Your toddler is more likely to be a sleepwalker. Sometimes outside factors can be big factors in bringing on sleepwalking episodes. One factor could be if the toddler didn’t have a good night’s sleep or maybe a very busy day. With a busy day, it can cause stress for your toddler. Stress can be a big factor, too, when they have a day where they get weary or a bad night’s sleep. Suppose something comes up and causes an unusual sleeping pattern. Maybe your toddler gets a fever, or the stomach flu can cause sleepwalking. When your toddler isn’t feeling well, you will want to give them medicine to try to make them feel better. There are even medicines with sleepwalking being a side effect.
3. What Could Take Place?
Just like anything in life. Sleepwalking does not affect people in the same way. Talking is something a toddler could do while sleepwalking. While the toddler is talking, a lot of times, it’s because they are dreaming. So they are less likely to respond to you talking. Since the toddler is interacting with the world, sometimes the toddler can find it hard to wake up. When the toddler is sleepwalking, they might be in a half-asleep state. It might be a little unnerving situation; their eyes will be open. During a sleepwalking state, your toddler can be more likely to fall because they can be clumsy. It is not unheard of for the toddler to sit up in bed. While they are sitting up, the toddler will rub their eyes and maybe fuss with their PJs.
Not as likely, but could happen while sleepwalking is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when there are longer pauses between breathing in and out. Not only could the toddler pee in random places, but also their bed. But the toddler will not remember doing it. Maybe one of the hardest parts of sleepwalking is your toddler dealing with night terrors or more terrifying nightmares.
4. Could It Hurt My Toddler?
Sleepwalking itself is not harmful to your toddler as other activities they take part in. The only reason it can be harmful is the toddler does not realize what they are doing. Worse yet, where they are going. The worst incident could be them falling down a flight of stairs. Another is for them to think they are opening a window and end up falling through the window.
Sense sleepwalking does not come from any symptoms of something emotionally or mentally wrong with your toddler. It does not come from any mental problems. It’s not like the experience is scary or bad, so nothing about it will cause any lingering problems.
5. Keeping Your Toddler Safe.
As it has been said, sleepwalking is nothing dangerous. But some of the problems to come up with a chance of happening are dangerous. Even as your child gets close to being a teenager, sleep-driving could happen too.
Instead of trying to wake your sleepwalker, gently get the toddler back into bed if your child sleeps in a room with doors and windows. Try locking the windows and doors. Keeping the child in the room can help give you peace of mind to help you sleep as well if you happen to have your children sleeping in bunk beds. It would be a very good idea to put the sleepwalk on the lower bunk because they have very little control of where they are mentally when they are sleepwalking. Remove sharp and breakable objects. Your toddler might complain a bit, but get them to clean up around the house and their room. The fewer obstacles on the floor, the less likely they will have accidents. Finally, if you can afford to do it, get child safety gates. Put gates at the top of stairs, and in front of doors, you do not want them to wonder.
6. Calling a Doctor.
In most of the cases, sleepwalking is not a sign of a problem. If any of the following seems to happen, it is best to contact your toddler’s doctor to do a check-up. If the toddler almost does it on a schedule. They seem to be unable to get a decent night’s sleep and are sleepy during the day. A very good reason to call a doctor about if they seem to be a danger to others.