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"If children need to have surgery, you need to weigh all the risks and all the benefits in terms of what you need to do," Sun says.
Recent studies have suggested that anesthetic drugs may increase the risk for learning disabilities and behavioral problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but only in kids who are exposed to the drugs several times.
There could be other explanations. Children who need Versace Belt Black Medusa Head surgery early in life might have other medical conditions that hurt their brain development in some way.
"I don't want to scare parents," says researcher Lena S. Sun, MD, a pediatric anesthesiologist at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.
Anesthesia was also tied to a 73% increased chance that a child would have trouble with abstract reasoning. Multiple exposures to anesthesia further raised a child's risk for problems.
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a child's tonsils, and dental procedures.
Anesthesia StudyThe new study is based on data from nearly 2,900 children in Australia followed by researchers since before they were born.
Anesthesia May Harm Children's Brains
However, the study does not prove that anesthesia is the cause.
Kids who were given anesthesia before age 3 were more likely to have learning problems by age 10 than other children.
in the journal Pediatrics, links even a single dose of anesthesia to later harm.
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income, exposure to anesthesia was still linked to the likelihood that a child would have difficulty using language.
When the children were 10, researchers tested how well they could learn, think, remember, reason, and use language. Doctors also asked questions about their behavior and any problems like depression or aggression.
Children who got anesthesia as toddlers, for example, weren't able to use language as well as their peers. They also had more trouble solving problems.
Children exposed to anesthesia were more than twice as likely to have a language disability. In particular, it increased the chance that a child would have trouble listening to and remembering spoken words.
Parents reported that 321 children in the study had medical procedures that required general anesthesia before age 3. The other 2,287 children weren't exposed to the drugs.
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But the researchers say they don't think that's the case since most procedures performed in the study were minor. Those included common childhood surgeries including inserting ear tubes to help kids with chronic ear infections, hernia repairs, circumcisions, removing Gucci Belt Colors
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