Child anaesthesia linked to poor cognition

Even a single dose of anaesthesia given to infants and toddlers is associated with long-term language and cognitive deficits, Australian research finds.

A study of more than 2600 children born in Perth found those exposed to anaesthesia before age three were 87% more likely to have a language deficit at age 10 than those not exposed.

They were also 69% more likely to have impaired cognition compared to their unexposed peers.