Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health flu-related visitor restrictions have been lifted. However, because babies, especially those who are ill or premature, are at higher risk of serious complications if they get the flu, visitation restrictions are still in place for all Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) until further notice.
Parasomnias, also called disorders of arousal during sleep, are a group of conditions characterized by unusual behaviors that may not be noticed during sleep or recalled when awakened. They are most common in children between the ages of 4 and 12 years old.
Some of these behaviors can be harmless and require no treatment. These include sleep talking and auditory sensations like a loud bang. Others may be relieved by good sleep habits, behavioral treatments or medicines.
Parasomnia symptoms may include:
Education, reassurance and good sleep habits can help with parasomnias, which usually decrease with age.
A sleep team that includes a psychologist certified in behavioral sleep medicine and a pediatric doctor certified in sleep medicine can evaluate complex parasomnias and develop a treatment plan for your child. The sleep team at Riley at IU Health may use the following tools and tests to diagnose parasomnias:
Depending on the type of behavior, parasomnias may benefit from therapies, medicines or a combination of both. These include:
Use these resources to learn more about parasomnias.
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