Sunday, March 29, 2009

Understanding Child Parasomnias

Child parasomnias are sleep disorders that can put a scare into parents. Episodes can involve unusual and undesirable actions.

Nightmares may be the most familiar parasomnia. Others include sleepwalking and sleep terrors.

The good news is that these disorders tend to be common and harmless in children. In many cases the child will have no memory of the event.

But some children may have a more severe problem with a parasomnia. You should contact an
AASM-accredited sleep center if a sleep problem greatly disturbs your child.

It may be hard to distinguish some parasomnias from one another. They can have similar features.
This chart will help you compare four common child parasomnias. Get tips for parents from the AASM.

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