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Does your child sleeping with his/her eyes open mean they're having seizures?

My son is a year old and I found him last week sleeping with his eyes open. I've never seen him do it before... I was reading online that it could be him having mini-seizures but I'm not sure what to think. He frequently stares off into space as well but he's very social, lovey and developmentally advanced. The only other problem he seems to be have is SEVERE lack of sleep... (maybe seven hours a night MAX & wakes up every couple hours STILL) Help?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:00 PM on Jan. 14, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • I wouldnt be to concerned with the eyes open. my son is 4 and has always done this. creepy i know. now with the staring my sil does this. she has epilepsy. be concerned if when he does it he wont respond to his name or touch rite away.

    Answer by ChaoticSoul at 9:16 PM on Jan. 14, 2010

  • my 1 yr old still doesnt sleep much and still wakes at least 4 times a night. Sometimes he sleeps with his eyes cracked open a little but not fully open. So I wouldnt know... Maybe consult with his pediatritian.

    Answer by Super09Mom at 9:20 PM on Jan. 14, 2010

  • my oldest son slept with his eyes open alot when he was a baby and around a year old. it was creepy but i never really worried about it. i just pushed his eyelids shut

    Answer by princessbeth79 at 10:32 PM on Jan. 14, 2010

  • It's common enough. Some people open their eyes during REM sleep-- rapid eye movement sleep-- the stage where dreaming happens. I've done it my whole life. The eyes may dart around or "roll" and it's pretty creepy looking.

    He could be waking up bc he is perceiving light. Take out his night light.

    Answer by ecodani at 11:11 PM on Jan. 14, 2010

  • My son has been doing this since he was born. It used to freak me out but I quickly got used to it. There is nothing wrong with him.

    Answer by Allergic2Stupid at 8:33 AM on Jan. 15, 2010

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