Anesthesia in young children may be linked to later learning disabilities (The Dana Foundation Website - 3 June 2009)
Scientists are now learning that the use of anesthesia in young children is correlated with learning disabilities later in life. A piece discussing these findings appears on the Dana Foundation Website.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of children 3 years of age and under are anesthetized during surgeries and other common medical procedures and tests. Doctors believed that the risk of using anesthetics in infants and toddlers was minimal. But recent scientific studies, both in animals and humans, suggest that there may be a relationship between the use of anesthesia in young children and later cognitive deficits...
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