A recent study has found that kids who are administered anesthesia at an early age of three tend to face difficulty in growing up. For the study, about 2,600 children were recruited in Australia.
Researchers of the study noted that kids in the age of 10 develop listening and speaking difficulties because of anesthesia introduced at young age. The lead author of the study, Dr. Caleb Ing said, “We can’t determine if the cause is due to anesthesia, surgical stimulus, or the medical condition. It could be another factor entirely. We just know there’s a difference”.
The researchers also looked at the skills of the kids. However, no change in the skills of children was found among kids administered with anesthesia and those who were not. But, developmental issues have been faced by the kids.
Anesthesia interferes with the working of the brain. It is hoped that the findings will help researchers in better understanding the role played by anesthesia over the brain of kids. Researchers have went to extent of saying that anesthesia can cause attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in kids. However, further studies are required to be conducted so that concrete conclusion could be drawn.
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