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Eyes Wide Shut

My son is 5 years old, sometimes when he wakes up and he is not really awake. His eyes are open but he starts shaking and chattering his teeth like he is cold. When I talk to him he will follow my voice but acts like he can't see me. Again his eyes are wide open. When I talk to him he hollers for mom and dad and says he is scared, when you ask him what he is scared of he can't really answer. He does sometimes talk about seeing lights. He is very scared and his heart is racing. I try to wake him shake him gently, clap his hands together, take him pee but nothing stops these episodes until he wakes up all the way and then he is fine, in fact he doesn't remember anything once he snaps out of it. Any one else have child that does this or any suggestions?

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Mar 24, 2011
My son
by: Anonymous

My 5 year old son did somthing like this for the first time last night. It scared be so bad, i am not sure what to do??

Jul 30, 2011
Night Terror
by: Anonymous

My son does this every so often. The first few times he did it, it was very scary. Then after researching this, I found that he was having a night terror...which is different from a nightmare. A night terror he won't remember the next day. I find that he has them when he is very exhausted and over tired.

Dec 10, 2011
I used to sleepwalk NEW
by: Anonymous

i used to sleepwalk until I was 12 years old ( I am now 20)..I started sleepwalking when I was 5 and my parents said I would wake up, walk to them (they were usually up and watching tv on the couch) and I would stand in front of them with my eyes wide open and start shaking and with my teeth chattering as if I were cold....I never remembered when I woke up.

Apr 12, 2016
six year old NEW
by: Anonymous

my daughter is 6 and did this a lot when she first started school age four, then it stopped, but last night it happened again... she was fast asleep as i had checked on her about an hour before, and then, she came down stairs, in the pitch black and into the front room, she spoke but wasnt with it, and climbed onto my lap, she was shaking and not coherent, my husband offered her a drink and she shouted no, i dont want that, stay away, and then fell back into my chest, like she was sleeping, eyes still open, i asked her if i should take her back to bed, yes please, and then i told her to go to the toilet, which she did, and then she walked into her room, got into bed, lay down and was fast asleep again. she has no recollection.
the shaking worried me but it appears to be part of her sleepwalking episode, my husband, also sleep walks, and sleep eats... i am on constant guard!

Jun 30, 2016
7 year old NEW
by: Anonymous

My 7 year old son has been doing this off and on for 2 years now. I hate it! We moved his room downstairs because I worry about him falling down the stairs. He actually hovers over me or just stands by my bed touching me. If he's usually shaking so bad he stutters when he talks and when I try to communicate with him nothing makes sense. He is very scared of the dark and has bad dreams a lot. Seems that it's after he goes without sleep from the bad dreams that this happens.

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