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8 yr old just came downstairs not making sense

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PJ67 Tue 11-Nov-14 22:59:10

My ds has just come downstairs from his bed. He was sick last night and initially said he felt sick and looked a bit upset. He then started saying things that didn't make sense like there's treasure in his school and robbers and the teacher had stole money as he had some in his hand etc. He seemed to know where he was and who we were and I asked him his friends names but he seemed a bit confused. It scared me a bit but he wanted to go back to bed and I think he's fallen asleep again. Could this just be due to a dream? Seems a bit strange that he was wakened and talking like this.

Reaching92 Tue 11-Nov-14 23:03:12

Ds has done this more than once both when poorly and when not. Didn't always remember it next day sort of sleep walking talking imo

Guitargirl Tue 11-Nov-14 23:06:41

I did that as a child on more than one occasion. It is a form of sleep walking and in my case it would usually happen when I had a lot going on at school. It my have been exacerbated if your DS has been poorly

ElectricalBanana Tue 11-Nov-14 23:07:17

I used to do this a lot and did until well into my teens ( imagine my tiny 4ft 8" mother taking a gangly teen by the hand and ushering her back to bed) but according to my DH my nearly 50 yr old self still sits up in bed, chats and on more than one occasion has tried to change his (imaginary) happy all in my sleep. Usually happens if I am ill or stressed!

LegoCaltrops Tue 11-Nov-14 23:08:11

I used to sleep walk, and talk, always utter nonsense. It was always worse when I was/had been ill.

ElectricalBanana Tue 11-Nov-14 23:08:15


Bloody auto correct!

divingoffthebalcony Tue 11-Nov-14 23:11:41

I remember being feverish and delirious as a child. I had a really trippy dream and got up to tell my parents that I needed to "sort out the colours". Mum took me back to bed and I was fine after that.

nochangewanted Tue 11-Nov-14 23:11:54

Yep DS does this very occasionally. First time I goggled it. It can be toilet related, stress etc . So I guide Ds back to bed via toilet.

VerityWaves Tue 11-Nov-14 23:17:21

I think this is normal. I certainly remember doing it as a child. I remember talking about the wallpaper patterns to my mum in the night. I was unwell.

FannyFifer Tue 11-Nov-14 23:19:36

Does he have a high temp?

My two talk a lot of shite when they have a temperature.

BirdhouseInYourSoul Tue 11-Nov-14 23:23:23

Both of mine have done this.

DD does it fairly frequently still at 13. She never remembers it and it is often tied in with fevers etc.

I used to have a very specific trippy dream when I was ill. Almost always ended up with me being sick so if I appeared and started muttering about felt tip pens sitting around the table with santa I'd be ushered towards the bathroom quick smart!

lougle Tue 11-Nov-14 23:25:02

Dd2 does it a lot. She can seem really awake until she doesn't answer you properly or can't string a sentence together.

Now I say to her 'are you awake, DD2?' She normally says yes then rambles, at which point, if she's in bed, I say goodnight, or if she's not, I say 'let's get you back to bed....' and lead her to her room.

FamiliesShareGerms Tue 11-Nov-14 23:26:06

One of mine is prone to a bit of sleep walking and talking

Gently guide back to bed and sooth back to proper sleep

MissWimpyDimple Tue 11-Nov-14 23:28:36

Yes I did it well into my twenties. Usually when stressed or unwell.

It's very frightening for the person but they won't normally remember it unless you remind them.

Poor thing. I remember it well confused

didireallysaythat Tue 11-Nov-14 23:41:39

There's something about urinary infections and children hallucinating. Blowed if I can remember what though and I'm not sure what age range but DS3 when aged 3 had a "trippy" night and when I rang the GP the next day for a chat she had DS2 come in for a test and then antibiotics. Was really weird !

PJ67 Tue 11-Nov-14 23:55:46

Thanks. I have started to worry now incase it was a night time seizure. If he was sleepwalking would he have been able to answer me if I asked him what his name was as he was able to do that. Also he seemed quite frightened and upset when he came down the stairs at first.

badgerknowsbest Tue 11-Nov-14 23:55:52

I freaked my mother out when I was about 8, I had been ill with a sickness bug and I screamed for her from my bed saying that Sinbad from brookside was stealing my curtains. I was adamant I could see him and I can still remember how confused she was grin

FannyFifer Wed 12-Nov-14 00:04:12

Can have whole conversations with someone sleep walking.

Did you check his temp?

mumwithanipad Wed 12-Nov-14 00:23:54

Sounds like sleepwalking.
I talked and walked in my sleep a lot as a child and still do it now, I have no memory of it and feel a bit embarrassed when dh or dd tell me what I've said/done.
Few weeks ago dd told me I was complaining that the sheep wouldn't stop shitting in the field, the corks in the bum wasn't working.
When I was 9 I had a very long convo with my Mum in which I told her I was reading various cup of coffees to see what it had to say about the Gulf War. Nescafé was like reading Sun and Kenco was The Times.
Sleeping at my aunts once I walked in on her having Sex on the sofa with someone who wasn't her DH when I was about 10, I remember this cos them shouting at me woke me, (and also the dh upstairs) they tried to say I'd dreamt it but my Mum knew they where lying cos I could never remember my dreams.

I could fill a thread with the various nonsense I've come out with or done. I also sit up in my sleep or stand and stare, dh says I'm like the girl from Paranormal Activity.

Mouldypineapple Wed 12-Nov-14 00:27:31

Showing your age there Badger!

PJ67 Wed 12-Nov-14 00:38:15

Thanks. His temp seems ok but he did look a bit hot when he came into the living room. Would it be normal for him to come into the living room to see us rather than just wander randomly. Also when I took him for a wee and back to bed he seemed to get a bit more alert and said are you going to tell the teacher at parents night. This is tomorrow night so he remembered that correctly. Can they start to wake up and remember bits?

MissWimpyDimple Wed 12-Nov-14 07:34:00

Yes it's normal to be half in real life and half in dream.

PJ67 Wed 12-Nov-14 08:38:11

So my son has woke up this morning and seems fine but remembers what he said when Ge got up as he asked me if I was going to tell his teacher. Could this still be sleepwalking?

ipswichwitch Wed 12-Nov-14 08:43:59

I'm sorry badger but I just about died laughing at Sinbad trying to steal your curtains! grin

DS1 (3yo) has done this. He has night terrors also, where he's completely oblivious to us standing in front of him, he just keeps screaming until he eventually calms down. One night he was screaming and trying to tear the stair gate down, shouting about clowns trying to steal his sweets (he has sense, clowns are evil!) we have had full conversations with him too, but he doesn't seem to remember it in the morning - may be age related though.

ipswichwitch Wed 12-Nov-14 08:45:14

Forgot to add, I've had some cracking conversations with DH too when he's asleep. He talks a right load of cobblers but it's highly entertaining! Sometimes he remembers odd bits and other he doesn't.

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