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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

SLEEP WALKING (somnambulism)

"Loafing" around aimlessly during sleep is, by no means, rare in childhood. According to one estimate, somnambulism occurs in about 5 to 8% of children. such children are aware of the environment during the episode but are indifferent to it. They resent all attempts to arouse them during act.

Once awake, they remember almost "nothing" about the episode.
There are several familial instances of somnambulism.
Preventive measures include" locking the doors and windows, removing dangerous objects and correction of superstitions". small doses of diazepam are of value in advanced cases.

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