FDA to Study Whether Anesthesia Poses Cognitive Risks in Children

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FDA to Study Whether Anesthesia Poses Cognitive Risks in Children
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Thu, 03-10-2011 - 2:38pm

A federal panel is going to look into whether anesthesia in young children

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Neither of my kids has been under anesthesia. One has ADHD and a host of comorbid conditions and the other doesn't. My husband's family, though, is a mine-field of brain disorders, so that's the most likely source.
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Thanks for your input! It does run in my family, but I always wonder why it's just affecting 3 of the grandkids? There's nothing I can do about it, just makes me curious about my oldest since he was on a lot of different meds his first year. I always question if that was a trigger, not that there was a good alternative to the meds at the time.

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13 times, 11 sets of ear tubes, and 1 foot surgery, and tonsils removed. I DO know the ear infections/antibiotics contributed to DD's PANDAS
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I wonder about that too and other things.

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Mine had 3 surgeries before age 1, but my sister also was diagnosised as an adult and I see tendencies in my DH and my dad so while I did hear of this study the other day and that light bulb goes off in my head I also know there is no one answer. Liam's surgeries were to correct a birth defect. Now I have wrestled with guilt on and off since the day we found out something was wrong. I had one job when he was in my belly and I failed him and I yes there was a brief relapse hearing that, what if its linked to ADD/ADHD, then whatever I did to fail him when he was in my belly that caused those surgeries then triggered this, but then I am reminded of the genetist comments at our first clinic visit. See the likely cause of his defect is either maternal illness or IVF they cant rule out either and cant say for sure its either but we were reminded without the IVF he wouldn't be here and his birth defect was minor and she'd take that over no baby and she was right and with out those surgeries he would not be living a normal life, so even if the ADHD is a result of that, without them maybe I'd have a non hyper child but he would have far greater issues so if it is the case guess for us its a trade off. If I had another baby today with the same defect knowing maybe there is a risk it wouldn't change my mind about putting them under, its a necessary means. Now maybe if it was something minor, i'd think twice or prolong to see if there was some other solution.

But like his birth defect, I do believe the ADHD is also part of who is meant to be. They are his hurtles to climb and how he gets through will make him the person he is meant to be and if I allow myself to wollow in my mommy guilt I will hinder him becoming the great person I know he can be. Doesn't mean I don't shut my door and ball from time to time thinking what did I do for him to have to endore all this and its not his fault but then I suck it up put my big girl pants on and face our life...

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My son has never had any surgery, or had medications stronger than what was needed for a filling or antibiotics for strep.

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Wow, poor girl :( I can't image how much pain she was in.

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It's so hard being a parent, you just always blame yourself if anything goes wrong :(

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liamsmom724 wrote:

But like his birth defect, I do believe the ADHD is also part of who is meant to be. They are his hurtles to climb and how he gets through will make him the person he is meant to be and if I allow myself to wollow in my mommy guilt I will hinder him becoming the great person I know he can be. Doesn't mean I don't shut my door and ball from time to time thinking what did I do for him to have to endore all this and its not his fault but then I suck it up put my big girl pants on and face our life...

Big thumbs up!

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Good point! It's so easy to blame yourself for their issues. I keep trying to remind myself that my dad wouldn't have gotten as far in his career if it wasn't for his ADHD. We've got to remind ourselves that it's not all bad, and focus on their strengths.

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