The Center at Norwalk Hospital will be hosting its first Sleep Apnea Support Group for Children on Saturday, Nov. 12. Parents and children are invited to attend the educational event.
Kass will address the group with a talk, “The Significance of Snoring at Any Age.”. In general, symptoms of sleep apnea in toddlers may include tantrums and irritability. As children get older, the lack of sleep may manifest itself as hyperactivity, acting out, poor grades in school, mood swings, and even a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
“In addition to the potential health issues associated with sleep apnea, we see children who suffer from fatigue and attention issues due to interruption in sleep,” said Kass.
The program is being offered as a public service and as part of A.W.A.K.E (Alert, Well, and Keeping Energetic) of the American Sleep Apnea Association. A.W.A.K.E. is a health awareness program offered to those who suffer from sleep apnea, as well as their family, friends and anyone who is interested in learning more.
The Nov. 12 support group will include face painting and drawing activities for children. Children are encouraged to bring their CPAP masks for a fitting by experienced sleep technicians. CPAP users and family are being encouraged to share their tips for successful sleeping with CPAP.
Sleep Apnea Support Group for Children: 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, in the fifth floor Patio Room at Norwalk Hospital. The event is free and seating is limited. Register by calling (203) 852-2821 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (203) 852-2821 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or (203) 852-2833 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (203) 852-2833 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.