“…Friends and doctors tried comforting us by saying that Mia’s symptoms were just part of being a toddler. But we decided to seek another opinion for Mia at the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center in Redwood City, CA. …It was there that doctors finally confirmed that Mia shared my diagnosis. A sleep study revealed that Mia stopped breathing an average of 27 times per hour—confirming that little, 2-year-old Mia had pediatric sleep apnea.”
Research suggests that hundreds of thousands of children have undiagnosed—and untreated—sleep-disordered breathing. In children, this can lead to daytime fatigue, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, liver problems and a host of other complications.
Things no child should have to deal with.
Central to our mission here at the American Sleep Apnea Association is educating parents and caregivers on the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea. Knowing what to look for and what to do next can go a long way to ensure all children can lead happy, healthy lives free of sleep breathing problems.
Sleep apnea is a problem for people of all ages, not just adults. Research into pediatric sleep apnea suggests that identifying, diagnosing, and treating sleep apnea in our children may be one of the best ways we can cure it.
As our Chief Patient Officer, Adam Amdur, says, we need to confront sleep apnea by acknowledging that it “begins in the womb, for both baby and mommy.” Putting an end to pediatric sleep apnea while still in childhood will mean a longer, healthier life for our kids in adulthood.
Are you interested in helping the American Sleep Apnea Association pave the way to a cure for sleep apnea? Together, we can do it, through education, awareness, and peer-to-peer support. Your contribution on #GivingTuesday will help us make this a reality.
Your donation can provide support for these efforts as well as our “Provide a Pap/Yearly Supply Program,” which is part of our ongoing and successful CPAP Assistance Program (CAP).
Our success last September in providing free CPAP to hurricane victims in need is a recent example of why we exist: to provide patient-centered support and assistance for those with sleep-breathing disorders. And this includes help for children like Mia.
Won’t you join us in our mission?