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Posted by: michelle | 2010/01/19

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Sleep talking and walking

My daughter is 6 yrs old and in Gr 1. I am used to hear her talking in her sleep but for the last few days she has been sleep walking. In the morning she is dead tired but still gets up to get dressed. I know she enjoys her school, but do not know what to do regarding the tiredness in the morning. She has not seen her dad since November 09 as he relocated to East London.

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Anne Cawood Anne Cawood
- 2010/02/08

It is very difficult for me to know what is happening here. Children do experience talking and walking in their sleep - and usually have no recollection of it the next morning. The best things you can do are to keep her evening routine as calm and structured as possible - so she settles into the bedtime routine without undue stress.

Give her a warm milk drink - with a tesapoon of honey. This is very calming. Make sure her room is hazard-free, so she cant walk into anything. If you are aware of what is happening, ensure that she settles back to sleep as easily as possible after an episode of talking or walking in her sleep.

The only other solution might be to  discuss with a paediatrician. Also, the adjustment to Grade 1could be stressful and make sure that she is in contact with her Dad, even if he cant see her regularly.

I hope it settles down.


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