Can Anesthesia Hurt Brain Development?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-asthmaCauseAllergies-enHD-AR1.jpgFind out what the experts say.anesthesia, anesthesia, anesthetic, anesthetics, anesthetize, anesthetized, sedate, sedated, sedative, sedatives, brain, brains01/24/201701/25/201701/25/2017Steven Dowshen, MD01/24/2017c63cc685-6834-4856-a248-66d160bfcd30https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/anesthesia-brain.html/<p><em>My son may need surgery, and a friend told me that anesthesia might cause problems with brain development. Is this something I should talk about with my son's doctor? <br />&ndash; Matthew</em></p> <p>Yes. Whenever surgery or a medical procedure is recommended for your child, talk with the doctor about any concerns you have and get all of your questions answered.</p> <p>Before some surgeries and procedures, medical staff give patients&nbsp;<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/anesthesia-types.html/">general anesthesia</a> or sedation drugs. The drugs put them into a deep sleep so they don't feel pain or move around during the surgery.</p> <p>But repeated use of the drugs, or a single use of general anesthesia or sedation drugs for longer than 3 hours, might hurt the brain development of children younger than 3 years old, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Anesthesia given in a woman's third trimester of pregnancy also could harm the brain development of her baby.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 1em;">If a child under 3 needs general anesthesia or sedation drugs, parents should ask their health care professional about:</span></p> <ul> <li>risks related to brain development</li> <li>the timing of the surgery or procedure, and whether it can be delayed without creating health problems</li> <li>how long the surgery or procedure will last and if repeated surgeries are necessary</li> </ul> <p>Pregnant women in their third trimester who need general anesthesia or sedation drugs should ask their health care professional about possible brain development risks to their babies.</p> <p>Surgeries for infants or toddlers that use general anesthesia or sedation drugs for a single, brief period are not likely to hurt brain development, the FDA said. The agency made the warning after looking at study findings, but says that more research is needed.</p>¿Puede la anestesia dañar el desarrollo del cerebro?La opinión de los expertos.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/anesthesia-brain-esp.html/9dc6028d-ea57-4b64-9e0a-28ac042047a9
Anesthesia - What to ExpectHere's a quick look at what may happen before, during, and after on the day of your child's operation or procedure.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/anesthesia.html/8d6e7ea0-038a-406c-b40f-e9973b0e9a8e
Anesthesia BasicsKnowing the basics of anesthesia may help answer your questions and ease some concerns — both yours and your child's.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/anesthesia-basics.html/8e380cff-452f-4df7-a24d-ae1fe80ab1eb
Types of AnesthesiaHere's a basic look at what each kind of anesthesia does.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/anesthesia-types.html/d2ac556e-0fac-4b0a-9362-3065e44aa5b3
kh:age-babyZeroToOnekh:age-toddlerOneToThreekh:clinicalDesignation-anesthesiologykh:genre-qAndAkh:primaryClinicalDesignation-anesthesiologyPregnancy & Infants Q&Ahttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/question/infants/1f888b1d-d0e9-48bd-b6e9-ab3bed0a9eb7When Your Child Has Surgeryhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/system/surgery/bf0ccfe3-e844-44b9-bf7e-d3e2a660e40a