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My three year old daughter cries while asleep periodically but does not shed tears. is that normal? although i have seen her laugh and smile sometimes

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Crying: If her crying during sleep is a persistent problem discuss it with your doctor. It is possible that your child may be in pain, having nightmares, or even the possibility of a seizure disorder.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Sleep talking/etc.: Sleep talking/ crying / writhing in bed and similar events can be sleep entry disorders.These are seen more often with kids who have irregular sleep habits, or have short or long term sleep deprivation. A visit with your doc to review the issue can identify any other problems. A change in sleeping routine may improve things, or it may improve over time by itself.

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Last updated Oct 16, 2014

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