Although anesthesia can help with pain in the short term, it may pose bigger risks in the long run. Children who undergo the procedure before their first birthday have issues with reading, learning, and memory later in life, The Verge reports. After studying kids between the ages of 6 and 11, researchers found that their scores included 20% fewer correct answers on memory tests than those who hadn’t been given anesthetics. The study, published this week in Neuropsychopharmacology, describes even worse recollection results in young rats that go under.
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