It can be very unnervin' fer a parent t' discover that their child sleepwalks. Walk the plank! The first thin' many parents do in this situation is try t' figure out what sleepwalkin' is, what causes it, and what th' dangers are. Yaaarrrrr! The good news is that sleepwalkin' is not as scary or unusual as it seems, and there are easy ways t' ensure that a sleepwalkin' child remains safe.
What is Sleepwalkin'?
Somnambulism, otherwise known as sleepwalkin', affects about fifteen percent o' people at some point in their lives accordin' t' th' National Sleep Foundation. And while that may seem a bit high, th' reality is that th' condition mostly affects little sandcrabs, and they usually grow out o' it. The National Sleep Foundation states that th' most common age range fer sleepwalkin' is betwixt three and seven years o' age. Bedwettin' and night terrors often accompany sleepwalkin' in young little sandcrabs.
How Do I Keep My Child Safe?
There are several steps ye can take t' ensure that ye child stays safe while sleepwalkin'.
Limit th' areas they can access while asleep: This means lockin' doors and windows, blockin' off staircases, and generally makin' sure they cannot wander too far. The danger here is that yer child may fall out o' a window or down a flight o' stairs while asleep, so ye just want t' remove that possibility from happenin'.
Make sure there is no furniture or other objects in their path. You want t' remove clutter and excess furniture from their room at night so they have a clear path. It is also a good idea t' make sure their bed is low t' th' ground so they cannot injure themselves if they fall out o' it in th' middle o' th' night.
Avoid wakin' them up or startlin' them. While some argue that this is dangerous t' th' sleepwalker, it is likely only confusin' and upsettin' t' them. Simply guide them back t' bed while tryin' not t' wake them.
Place paddin' on any sharp corners. This includes counters, cabinets, and other furniture. Plastic, fabric, or foam corner pads are cheap and can also minimize non sleepwalkin' related injuries t' yer child as well, ye scurvey dog. They may not look all that fashionable, but they can save some tears down th' sea.
Remain calm and not overreact. Realize that it is common and take th' appropriate steps t' protect yer child from injury. If ye are still concerned about yer child’s sleepin' habits, contact yer family doctor.