A child sleeps with a half-open eyes
Many parents are faced with this phenomenon, when their baby, falling asleep, does not close eyelids. Children can roll their eyes or leave them ajar, to the great horror and panic of their fathers and mothers. But why do our daughters and sons sleep with our eyes open, and is it worth it for relatives to worry so much about it? What kind of illnesses can the child's half-open eyes witness during sleep? All this will be discussed below.
Features of child nap
Sleep of babies consists of two phases - fast and deep (or slow). During the second period, the sleeping baby completely relaxes, its breathing becomes smooth, the nervous system rests. To dive into a deep sleep, a boy or a girl needs to go through a phase of superficial drowsiness, when the brain is still awake. At this point, the child can say something, twitch, and often then the kids are half-open.
The phases of sleep in babies of the first months of life alternate very often. After all, being in a state of deep slumber, the little one can not cry if he is frozen, damp his panties or his tummy hurts.
Features of sleep in children up to a year and a half
Many parents are worried about this question: why their one-year-old child sleeps with a half-open eyes? As doctors say, this is a normal physiological phenomenon, which even has its name - "lagophthalmus". This condition is not a violation of sleep. And in it the crumb not only sleeps with half-open eyelids, and sometimes screams, twitching legs and pens. Usually in children after one and a half years it passes, so the slightly opened eyes during sleep - a phenomenon that soon ceases too.
After two years, this manifestation can be irregular, mainly it can be observed because of overexcitement of the baby. Cells of the brain of the crumbs are overworked, as a result of which incomplete closure of the eyelids is possible.
If the lagophthalmus does not pass after 2 years, then an oculist needs help, who will prescribe the appropriate treatment and, perhaps, will have to undergo an operation on the visual organs.
Another reason why our offspring sleep with open eyes is so-called somnambulism. This disease, known in the people as sleepwalking - a condition in which a person during sleep can perform unconscious actions. The temporary threshold for the onset of the development of a disease is the age of the child from the age of six. The state of somnambulism can last from several minutes to 1 hour, and in some cases even longer. Children suffering from this disease, very often go to sleep with their eyes open, perform incomprehensible actions (for example, hide or rearrange things). And in the morning, waking up, they do not remember anything.
Dangers of somnambulism
The main threat to this disease for children is the possibility of traumatizing oneself. As the child sleeps with a half-open eye, but unconsciously gets out of bed and begins to move, then soon it can fall or hit on any piece of furniture, cut or wound. There were even sad cases when in such a state the children fell from stairs, windows, beds. Therefore, parents should not let this problem on its own, because it depends not only on health, but also on the life of their offspring.
Treatment of somnambulism
If a parent turns to a specialist for help with the fact that his child sleeps with a half-open eye, walks unconsciously at night, then before diagnosing somnambulism and prescribing appropriate therapy, the doctor asks if there were any negative events in the life of the baby, was ill whether he has any diseases and how often. If the mother really remembers some negative episodes that could affect such well-being of the crumbs, then the doctor prescribes treatment. Often, patients with this diagnosis, the physician recommends that an electroencephalogram and doplerogram of the cerebral vessels be passed. In addition, a specialist necessarily gives a referral to an ophthalmologist who will examine the bottom of the eyeball of the child.
Treatment of somnabulism involves the following activities.
- Before going to bed, parents need to do a light massage to their son or daughter with vegetable oil (olive, almond, etc.). You can also add essential oils that have a soothing effect (mint, lavender, etc.).
- If the child is overstrained, then you need to give him a plant tax. Brew lemon balm, valerian, motherwort, mint and give a drink to his son or daughter throughout the day.
- Above the bed of the offspring, there is a story of grass in a bag.
- Parents should pay attention to how much the child sleeps. After all, if their child does not have enough rest, then this can also affect the development of somnambulism.
- If necessary, the doctor can prescribe sedative and hypnotic drugs that control the facts of sleepwalking. For example, it can be preparations "Prosom", "Klonopin", "Trazodon".
- If the case is severe, tranquilizers are prescribed to the boy or girl.
To what doctors to address?
If parents are worried about their sleeping baby or older child, they are worried that their offspring sleeps with half-open or open eyelids, then they should seek help from such doctors:
Initially, of course, you should go to a consultation with a pediatrician and talk about your fears. If a pediatrician suspects that something is wrong with a baby's condition, then he can give directions to a neurologist and ophthalmologist. These specialists should dispel all doubts and fears of parents and answer their main question: why do their children sleep with their eyes half-open. If a boy or girl has experienced some kind of fear, shock, then the doctor can also send mother and baby to a consultation and possible further treatment to the psychoneurologist.
Normal duration of night rest
On how much the child sleeps, its general condition depends. So, below we list the norms of children's daily rest by age categories:
- from 1 to 4 months - 18 hours;
- from 4 to 6 months - 16 hours;
- from six months to 9 months - 15 hours;
- from 10 months to 1 year - 13 hours;
- from 1 to 2 years - 12 hours at night and 2 times a day for 2 hours;
- from 2 to 3 years - 11 hours at night and 1-2 times a day for 2-3 hours;
- from 3 to 7 years - 10 hours and in the afternoon about 2 hours.
After 7 years, the child does not need to nap during the day, but at night the child should rest for 8-9 hours.
After reading this article, parents will probably breathe a sigh of relief and will not worry about the fact that their child is sleeping with a half-open eyes. But if after 2 years such a state of crumbs does not pass, then this is cause for concern. In this case, mom and dad should show their child to the child's doctor and exclude diseases such as lagophthalmus or somnambulism. If the doctor has put any of these diagnoses, then the parents should do everything in their power so that their child can quickly get rid of such ailment and continue to live a calm and happy life.