Managing Sleeping Problems With DIPG

Certain medications can make it difficult for your child to sleep, especially steroids. Anxiety and worry can also make it hard for your child to fall asleep or stay asleep all night. Let your health care team know if your child is having difficulty sleeping. Things you can try to help your child sleep include:

  • Having a regular bedtime routine every night.
  • Starting quieter activities at least an hour before bedtime to wind down an active child.
  • Having your child take a warm bath or shower before bed.
  • Wrapping your child in his/her favorite blanket or cuddling with him/her before bed.
  • Playing quiet, soothing music.
  • Avoiding use of bright nightlights.
  • Reading your child a story.
  • Avoiding giving medications that may cause insomnia (sleeplessness) before bedtime.
  • Avoiding drinks or foods with caffeine at least 2 to 3 hours before bedtime.
  • Asking your doctor or nurse practitioner if a sleep medication might help.