Surgery in under-threes dropping sharply

Decline largest in babies, suggesting concerns about anaesthesia a possible factor: US author

Children under three are less likely to undergo surgery today than they were two decades ago, with the largest drop seen in infants, according to US research.

Baby in hospital

The findings support the hypothesis that parental and practitioner concerns about anaesthetic exposure may have affected surgical decision-making in infants, the authors write in JAMA Pediatrics.

In 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning against "repeated or lengthy" exposure to anaesthetics in children younger than three, based on concerns

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