Anesthesia in Young Children Linked to Learning Disabilities
There has long been a correlation among children having surgeries performed at a young age and later developing learning disabilities, but now a growing body of evidence shows that learning disabilities can be directly caused by the anesthesia used on young children in the surgical procedures.
The studies showed that children under three who were exposed to anesthesia once were at the same level for developing learning disabilities later on as children who were not exposed. When children under three were exposed to anesthesia two times, researchers found the risk for learning disabilities increased to 59%, and children exposed three times to anesthesia while under the age of three were at a risk 160% higher than children with one time or no exposure to anesthesia.
The lead author of the study does not recommend that parents should avoid necessary surgeries for their young children, in interest of avoiding the risk of developing learning disabilities. He simply says that unnecessary surgical procedures should be avoided, though he would have recommended that anyway.