Do Anesthetics Have Long-Term Impact On Child Brains?

The answer seems to be "we aren't sure." That said, what we do know is that sometimes kids need surgery when they are young, and the risk of anything negative from anesthetics is so low that it is swamped by the benefits of the surgery.

So don't let this scare you out of doing the right thing for your kid - k? Talk to your doctor - they know this stuff.

“Anesthetics are generally assumed to be safe for children, and are important for conducting life- saving or other essential procedures. However, our analysis of the available data raised some red flags,” said Orser. “The next step is to start targeted large clinical trials. That’s the only way we can determine if or how these drugs are having an impact on a child’s developing brain.”