A 6-year-old female asked:
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my 5 year old moves a lot during sleep. sometimes twitches and her whole body gets stiff and shakes for a few seconds. what could this be?

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Dr. Daniel Ziegler
29 years experience Emergency Medicine
She's dreaming: it's normal. Our brain is supposed to detach from muscle activity when dreaming which is why we sometimes start to wake up from scary dreams and can't move. this ability however is less developed in young kids. She'll likely settle down as she gets older although a few adults are still pretty wild when dreaming
Answered on Jan 30, 2017
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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
24 years experience Ophthalmology
Twitching : If you could consult with us or send a video we could help determine if this is a usual REM sleep issue or a seizure. Consult with us to help solve this issue.
Answered on Jan 30, 2017
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