Limited Doses of Anesthesia Won’t Harm a Baby’s Brain Following Surgery

Within the countries of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Italy, the United States the Netherlands and Britain, an experiment was conducted by several scientific groups at multiple hospitals.  Its purpose was to study the effects of anesthesia on babies who needed surgery. Publishing their findings in The Lancet medical journal, they found out that anesthesia doesn’t cause damage in the babies’ brains so long as it’s administered in limited amounts.

Using a total of 447 babies requiring hernia repairs, according to the Observer-Reporter newspaper, the researchers randomized who got anesthesia through gas or was injected with a drug variant that caused immunity from the waist down. On average, the babies got less than one hour’s exposure to the anesthesia which was fine since hernia repair surgeries don’t last very long anyway.  After the babies’ surgeries were over, the Observer-Reporter says they were given tests at age 2 and then 5 to see how their brains were developing.  What they found was no signs of harm and normal IQ readings on average. However, a majority of the babies who participated in the experiment were boys, making it uncertain in terms of the results’ application ...

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