Getting a good night’s sleep might be difficult for your kid while battling DIPG. Some medications might make sleeping difficult and give rise to DIPG sleep issues. Your child might be in pain or feel anxious because of everything that is happening to him or her. How do you make sure that they can get a good night’s sleep? Here are some tips:
Sleep next to them:
Your presence will make them feel safe and comfortable. Sleep with them every night. It will go a long way.
Read them a bedtime story:
Children have very active imaginations. Tell them a bedtime story and take them to the land of knights and dragons.
Peaceful music will help:
If you cannot sing them a lullaby, play soothing sounds that will aid sleep.
Get creative with their room’s ceiling:
Paint their room’s ceiling with glow-in-the-dark paint. Stars and moon always work. This way, even when the lights are off, they will not get scared.
Wrap them in their favorite blanket:
A cute blanket with their favorite cartoon character might make them feel like they have an adorable friend to sleep with.
Avoid blue light exposure before they sleep:
Blue light exposure from electronic devices promotes insomnia. Restrict the use of devices, encourage reading a book instead.
Avoid giving them caffeine-rich foods or drinks:
A glass of milk before they sleep will help. Don’t give them soda or anything that contains caffeine.
Give them something to hug:
A teddy bear or a soft pillow is great for hugs. Hugging will make your kid feel better instantly.
Talk to your doctor:
If the sleeping issues are too difficult to handle, talk to your doctor. The doctor might prescribe a light sleeping medicine if it suits your child.
We hope this article helps you deal with DIPG sleep issues.
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Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), is a type of a brain tumor that majorly affects children below the age of ten. This aggressive brain tumor that spreads quickly has no cure. Radiation treatment only temporarily helps alleviate the symptoms. Just like we don’t have answers on how to cure it, we don’t exactly know what causes DIPG. Finding the cause will advance our efforts in finding the cure.
Some cancers are caused due to environmental factors like exposure to radiation or smoking while others are caused because of inherited genes. In the case of DIPG, there is no evidence that supports these two causes.
According to studies, DIPG formation may be linked to the development of the brain. Certain cells in the brain are present in a higher concentration in the development stages. Research suggests that these cells are responsible for causing DIPG. As we mentioned before, DIPG affects children and this could be the answer to why.
Furthermore, scientists who have studied DIPG, have identified the epigenetic and genetic mutation in the pons. When cells, that use DNA to create new cells or to carry out various functions in the body, are unable to do so because the DNA becomes damaged, it is called genetic mutation. These mutated cells are why cancers are caused. Through genetic sequencing, researchers have learned more about the exact genetic mutations that cause DIPG. More studies are underway.
Dr. Eric Raabe, at John Hopkins University, is studying the effect of this genetic mutation on the formation of DIPG. He has found in DIPG, the cancerous cells multiply more than necessary which makes the tumor grow quickly. Through his reach, Dr. Raabe found that the overactive behavior of an enzyme called TET causes the cancer cells to multiply more than necessary. This may be the cause and targetting the enzyme may help in finding a cure.
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