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Question 12 - What causes 7 mo. old to raise legs during sleep?

From: RW


I have a 7 month old granddaughter that when asleep for several hours raises her legs 90 degrees to her torso and slams her legs down to the mattress.

She’ll repeat this “slamming down” several time in succession and do this several times a night. She remains in a deep sleep the entire time.

Have you ever heard of this behaiour before and do you have any ideas?

Thank you,

Answer Provided by Sandman
Feb. 16, 2008

I have never heard of this exact behavior. There are several possibilities but I can't pinpoint anything. Worst case, being repetitive it could be related to nocturnal seizure activity and occuring in deep sleep or it could be related to sleep walking, which doesn't require walking, not serious, and usually goes away with aging.

You should make a video and show it to a pediatric sleep specialist. It will be best if you can find one in your area who is also a pediatric neurologist, he will probably be able to make the diagnosis from the video.

Best wishes and Sweet dreams,


Disclaimer, I am not an MD and my opinions should not be taken as medical advice. If you feel that you need assistance with medications and/or diagnosis, you should seek medical advice from a qualified physician.

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