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ADHD Risk with Anesthesia

By Newsanchormom

I don't think parents usually have a choice when they put young kids under anesthesia, but this study may shed like on why your son/daughter has ADHD symptoms. Take a look at this study on MSNBC.
Children who go under anesthesia more than once at a young age have higher rates of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research from the Mayo Clinic.
In the study, children exposed to two or more anesthesia drugs before age 3 were more than twice as likely to have ADHD than children who had never been under anesthesia.

Previous animal and human studies have suggested that anesthesia drugs might affect the developing brain.“We were skeptical that the findings in animals would correlate with kids, but it appears that it does,” said study co-author Dr. David Warner, a pediatric anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

The study is published today (Feb. 2) in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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