Risks of sedating a baby

24 Jul

They presumably have, or at least used to have, an underlying medical condition that required a surgery, and it’s possible that this condition, rather than the anesthesia, causes any observed deficits.

These doses are so high that between 20 and 80 percent of animals put under anesthesia in these studies die, even though they, unlike kids who undergo surgery, aren’t actually sick or being operated on.

The fact that these animals aren’t actually undergoing surgery might also be important.

(And let me also clarify that the complication rate associated with pediatric anesthesia is extremely low: Fewer than 1 in every 2 million children under the age of 14 dies during surgery as a result of problems related to anesthesia.

What I’m talking about here are potential issues that arise Concerns over the long-term neurological effects of anesthesia first surfaced around 2000.

The most common ambulatory surgery in children is the insertion of ear tubes—1 in every 15 American kids gets them by the age of 3—and many of the studies that have found associations between anesthesia and learning problems have included kids who have gotten ear tubes.