Child sleeps with eyes ajar
Many parents are faced with the phenomenon when their baby fell asleep, not closing forever. The kids might roll your eyes or leave them ajar, much to the horror and panic of their mothers and fathers. But why sleep with open eyes our daughters and sons, and whether the relatives of worrying so much about it? What diseases may indicate half-open eyes of a child during sleep? All of this will be discussed below.
Features of baby NAPs
Sleep kids consists of two phases – rapid and deep (or slow). During the second period of a sleeping baby completely relaxes, his breathing becomes smooth, the nervous system rests. To dive in deep sleep, boy or girl need to go through a phase of superficial sleep, when the brain is still awake. At this point the child may say something, twitch, and often that's when the kids open eyes.
The phases of sleep in babies first months of life alternate very often. After all, being in a state of deep slumber, the baby cannot cry if frozen, stained pants, or he has a tummy ache.
Features of sleep in children up to six years
Many parents are concerned with this question: why their year-old child sleeping with ajar eyes? The doctors say that this is a normal physiological phenomenon, which even has its own name – "lagophthalmos". This state is not a sleep disorder. And this baby is not only sleeping with half-open eyelids, and sometimes cries out, twitches of legs and arms. Usually the children after a year and a half it is, therefore, half-open eyes during sleep, a phenomenon that also soon stopped.
After two years, this manifestation may wear irregular, mostly it may be due to overstimulation of the baby. Brain cells crumbs overworked, resulting in possible incomplete closure of the eyelids.
If the lagophthalmos is not over after 2 years, then you need the assistance of an optometrist, who will prescribe appropriate treatment and may even have to perform surgery on the organs of vision.
Another reason why sleeping with my eyes open our offspring, is called somnambulism. This disease, popularly known as sleepwalking is a condition in which a person during sleep can make unconscious actions. The temporary threshold of the onset of the disease is the age of the child since six years. The somnambulistic state duration may range from several minutes to 1 hour, and in some cases longer. Children suffering from this disease, very often go in my sleep with my eyes open, make the strange actions (e.g., hiding or moving things). And the next morning they remember nothing.
The dangers of somnambulism
The main threat of this disease for children is an opportunity to injure himself. As the child sleeps with ajar eyes, but unconsciously gets out of bed and begins to move, soon he may fall or hit on any piece of furniture, cut or hurt. There were even cases when in this state, kids are falling from stairs, Windows, beds. Therefore, parents should not let this issue slide, because it affects not only the health but the lives of their offspring.
Treatment of somnambulism
If a parent asked for help, about the fact that his child sleeps with eyes ajar, walks in the night unconsciously, before the diagnosis of "somnambulism" and assign appropriate therapy, the doctor is interested in whether a child with any negative incident, whether he was sick some diseases and how often. If mom actually remembers some of the negative incidents that could affect this well-being of the crumbs, then the doctor prescribes treatment. Often patients with this diagnosis the doctor recommended to undergo EEG and Doppler cerebral vessels. In addition, make sure the specialist will provide direction to examination by an ophthalmologist, who will examine DNA of a child's eyeball.
Treatment of somnambulism involves the following activities.
- Before going to sleep parents need to do a light massage to his son or daughter with vegetable oil (olive, almond, etc.). You can also add essential oils that have a calming effect (peppermint, lavender, etc.).
- If the child is stressed, then you need to give him vegetable collection. Brewing lemon balm, Valerian, motherwort, mint, and give the son or daughter throughout the day.
- Above the bed the offspring possible novel herbs in the bag.
- Parents should pay attention to how much the child sleeps. After all, if their child enough rest, it can also affect the development of somnambulism.
- If necessary, the doctor may prescribe sedatives and hypnotics medicines that control the facts of sleepwalking. For example, it may be the drugs, "Millet", "klonopin", "Trazodone".
- If the case is heavy, boy or girl appointed by the tranquilizers.
To what doctor to address?
If parents are concerned about their sleeping infant or an older child, they feel uncomfortable about the fact that their son is sleeping with a semi-open or open centuries, that they should seek the assistance of such doctors:
Initially, of course, should go on consultation to the doctor and to talk about their fears. If the pediatrician suspects the condition is something bad, then he can issue a direction to visit a neurologist and ophthalmologist. These professionals must dispel all the doubts and fears of parents and to answer their main question: why sleeping with ajar eyes of their kids. If the boy or girl has experienced some sort of fear, the shock, the doctor can also send a mother with a baby on the consultation and possible further treatment to the neuropsychiatrist.
The normal duration of a night's rest
How much sleeping child, depends on his General condition. So, we list below the norms of children's daily leisure age categories:
- from 1 to 4 months – 18 hours
- from 4 to 6 months – 16 hours
- from six months to 9 months – 15 hours
- 10 months to 1 year – 13 hours
- 1 to 2 years – 12 hours at night and 2 times a day for 2 hours
- 2 to 3 years old – 11 hours at night and 1-2 times a day for 2-3 hours
- from 3 to 7 years – 10 hours a day for about 2 hours.
After 7 years the child doesn't need to NAP during the day, and at night the child must rest for 8-9 hours.
After reading this article, my parents probably breathed a sigh, and will not have to worry about the fact that their child sleeps with eyes ajar. But if after 2 years, a state of crumbs does not pass, then it is cause for concern. In this case, the mother and father must show his child the doctor and to exclude diseases such as lagophthalmos or somnambulism. If the doctor put any of these diagnoses, parents should do everything they can to have their child get rid of such illness and continued to live a quiet and happy life.