Anesthesia can be harmful to the developing brain, studies on animals suggest, raising concerns about potential risks in putting young children under for surgery.
|Scooped by Chelsea Jones|
Before there was a huge furry about the worries of anesthesia use on children, studies were conducted and exposed the effects of sedatives given to lab rats and other animals. Since anesthesia is used for several different procedures and surgeries, knowing its effects was important. At that point, the Food and Drug Administration had no connection between the effects of anesthesia on animals and children, but it did raise the concern of the usage of sedatives received by young kids and infants. In an article published by the Associated Press, it was suggested that the brains of young animals were more vulnerable to anesthesia during the swift development of this organ. The major news organization also explained that the sedatives that put kids to sleep during medical procedures, usually killed the brain cells of the lab animals. They could also lead to long term brain abnormalities and behavioral changes of the animals. There had not been a study to prove that anesthesia would lead to brain damage in humans, but this was the beginning of the Food and Drug Administration’s research into the effects and the revamping of anesthesia to make it safer for children.