Saturday, January 24, 2009

Boy Who Couldn't Sleep

I read about this on ABC News online and was wondering while reading the title what could be the boy's condition to not be able to go to sleep. According to the report the boy only sleeps 2 hours a day with the help of a medication until he was diagnosed of chiari malformation (CM). Before that diagnosis, he was diagnosed with different illnesses and given medication for it but still to no avail. So when finally he was diagnosed of CM he was able to go to sleep normally and act normally as well.

So what is chiari malformation? Chiari malformation is a neurological disorder in which the bottom part of the brain, the cerebellum, descends out of the skull and crowds the spinal cord, putting pressure on both the brain and spine, causing a number of symptoms, including sleeplessness. When the doctor found out about it in the boy, they decided to make the surgery, which is a 50-50 chance that the boy can go to sleep normally. Thankfully the result of the surgery is positive and the boy now lives a normal life.

It is very interesting to know about this. Like for us parents of toddlers we are concerned of our children and this information can help us assists our kids behavior. If you want to know more about this news you can click it here.

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