Anesthesia at early age may lead to learning delays
August 20, 2012 (WLS) -- Anesthesia at an early age may raise a child's risk of learning delays, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.
Children under the age of 3 who had anesthesia during even one surgical procedure tested lower in language and reasoning tests as 10-year-olds. That is based on data from nearly 3,000 children in Australia.
However, experts say parents should not delay potentially life-saving surgical or diagnostic procedures.
Researchers say this study is observational, so it is impossible to prove that anesthesia alone is the cause.
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