When should I call the doctor about my child’s sleepwalking?

Consider calling your doctor if any of the following occur:

  • The episodes are frequent, severe or could injure your child.
  • The sleepwalker gets repeatedly injured during events.
  • The sleepwalker leaves the house.
  • Sleepwalking occurs after the teenage years.
  • Sleepwalking causes daytime sleepiness.
  • Stress, anxiety, or other psychological factors appear to contribute to sleep disturbances.
  • You think that there might be a medical cause for the sleepwalking, such as a seizure disorder, sleep apnea or a limb movement disorder. These may need to be investigated by a sleep study or an electroencephalogram (EEG), a test in which the electrical signals of the brain are recorded by electrodes placed on the scalp.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/22/2020.

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