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Anesthesia May Harm Children's Brains

Anesthesia May Harm Children's Brains | aspect 1 | Scoop.it
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.
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When children are overexposed to anesthetic drugs multiple times it may increase the risk for learning disabilities and behavioral problems.  Studies have found that sometimes even a single dosage of anesthetic drugs can cause disabilities. Anesthesia could be the problem for such learning disabilities but other causes could have been other medical conditions they were born with that stunted development of the brain.

 

After studies were performed researchers found that if a toddler was given anesthetic drugs they weren’t able to speak as well as some of their peers and lacked problem solving skills. Although some studies were based off of smaller procedures where the dosages were not administered at a higher amount. Those small surgeries done were dental, ear tubes, hernia, and removing tonsils which are small minor "every day" surgeries.

 

Studies also showed that if they were overexposed they were two times as likely to have a language deficit particularly listening and speaking to others. Anesthetics were also found to be a reason why certain children developed difficulty with abstract reasoning. Some researchers found that although anesthesia is usually linked to ADHD and other disabilities, some found that there was no link with behavioral or attention problems with the children in their study.

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Anesthesia in Childhood May Be Linked to ADHD - MedicineNet

Anesthesia in Childhood May Be Linked to ADHD - MedicineNet | aspect 1 | Scoop.it
Children who have more than one surgery with general anesthesia by their second birthday might be at higher risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study suggests.
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It is said that about 1 in every 10 kids develop ADHD by inherited and surrounding factors, anesthesia being one. Studies found that both genetic and environmental factors could be the cause of this impulsive behavior. The anesthesia could be the reason of the disorder but the surgery itself could have affected the brain's risk of ADHD.

 

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Anesthesia use in children may increase risk for language, memory problems

Anesthesia use in children may increase risk for language, memory problems | aspect 1 | Scoop.it
Study showed that children who used general anesthesia before the age of 3 were 87 percent more likely to have language problems at 10
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Being put under anesthetics can increase the development of language and memory problems in children. Children who were found to have these problems were also have a higher change of developing problems with abstract reasoning. With this study doctors have been able to remove the use of certain drugs, such as halothane, to decrease the amount of children who show problems because of development problems.

 

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Anesthesia Before Age 3 Increases ADHD Risk - EmaxHealth

Anesthesia Before Age 3 Increases ADHD Risk - EmaxHealth | aspect 1 | Scoop.it
Although it is sometimes necessary to expose children to procedures that require anesthesia at a young age, parents should take note.
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ADHD may not be the result of overexposure for all children. ADHD is usually the first diagnosed neurobehavioral disorder in children so it is very common and noticeable. Doctors have stated that if a child is overexposed to anesthesia before the age of 3 there is a higher risk of developing a wide range of problems.

 

Doctors have found that a large range of other reasons, rather than anesthesia, could be the reason why some children develop ADHD because of other exposures. Environmental factors, such as food-related factors, pesticides, and secondhand smoke, are few found reasons why children develop ADHD.  Children who were used in studies after having being exposed to higher amounts of anesthesia were also found to have sex, birth, weight, heath conditions, and premature that could've been accounted for.

 

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Early childhood surgery linked to learning disabilities - The Conversation

Early childhood surgery linked to learning disabilitiesThe ConversationChildren who undergo multiple surgeries requiring anaesthesia before the age of two have an increased risk of developing learning disabilities.

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Studies found that children who were overexposed or exposed are more likely to develop speech and language problems. When children have to have multiple surgeries before 2 years old they have a higher risk of developing learning problems that can ultimately stunt growth.  It is best to talk with your doctor about letting your child that is younger than 2 go "under the knife" to know about the results of the surgery with anesthesia and without the surgery at all.

 

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Mayo Clinic - Young Children Exposed to Anesthesia Multiple Times Show Elevated Rates of ADHD

Mayo Clinic - Young Children Exposed to Anesthesia Multiple Times Show Elevated Rates of ADHD | aspect 1 | Scoop.it

“ ADHD associated with toddler exposure to anesthesia finds @MayoClinic #pediatrics #adhd #parenting http://t.co/X9co9177...”;


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Children have a higher risk of developing ADHD when they are exposed to two or more anesthetics before age 3. Kids who were not exposed to anesthesia developed ADHD at a rate of 7.3% while kids who had more than two or two experiences exposed to anesthesia had a rate of developing ADHD of 17.9%. A wide range of other factors and environmental issues could cause this common disorder in children.

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