Multiple Exposures To Anesthesia Can Impact Brain Development In Kids Under 3
Food and Drug Administration researchers warn that the potential harm to the brain should be weighed against the medical necessity of repeated or prolonged use of anesthesia or sedation medicines in young children or pregnant women in their third trimester.
Repeated Anesthesia Exposure Could Hurt Young Brains, FDA Warns
Regulators in the US will require new warnings be added to the labels of certain anesthetic and sedation drugs, the Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday, indicating that use of the drugs could possibly harm young children’s brains. The warnings will apply to children under 3 and to pregnant women during their third trimester, and pertain to procedures that last longer than three hours or to repeated exposure to the drugs. A single short exposure to general anesthesia has not been found to have negative brain effects for children. (Joseph, 12/14)
The Washington Post:
Anesthesia May Harm The Brains Of Children Under 3, FDA Warns
The Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday that repeated or lengthy use of general anesthesia or sedation drugs for children younger than 3 or pregnant women in their third trimester may affect youngsters' developing brains. The agency, which said its warning is based on a comprehensive analysis of the latest research, issued a “drug-safety communication” to inform health-care providers, parents and pregnant women about the risks of using the drugs repeatedly or for more than three hours at a time. It also ordered manufacturers to add warnings to their products' labels. (McGinley, 12/14)