DEAR DOCTOR K: My 8-year-old son has started sleepwalking. I'm worried he will hurt himself in his sleep. Is there anything I can do to stop him from sleepwalking?
DEAR READER: A person who is sleepwalking walks or makes other movements while being still largely asleep. A sleepwalker can be difficult to awaken fully and typically has no memory of the episode in the morning. I hope it will ease your worry to know that episodes of sleepwalking are usually brief and harmless.