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r possible cause A problem sleeping that goes back to when your child was a baby may be due to lack of a bedtime routine.

action Try to stick to a regular bedtime routine, and follow the other self-help advice for getting your child to sleep (below). If your child is still not sleeping better after a few weeks of the new routine, consult your doctor.

Consult your doctor or health visitor if you are unable to identify a cause for your child's sleeping problem from this chart.

Consult your doctor or health visitor if you are unable to identify a cause for your child's sleeping problem from this chart.

Possible cause and action Sleepwalking is most common between the ages of 6 and 12. There is no need to worry as long as you ensure that your child is safe, for example by locking all outer doors. Do not try to wake your child, but guide him or her back to bed if necessary. Children usually grow out of it by age 12.

Has this problem begun recently, and has there been an upset at home or at school?

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Has this problem begun recently, and does your child seem unwell?

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