Risks of sedating infants

Some children find it difficult to lie still for the scan – either because of their age or their medical condition – so we might suggest they are under sedation for the MRI scan.Watch our short video about having an MRI scan or listen to our audio podcast.Early-life exposure to anesthesia does not appear to lead to long-term cognitive problems, researchers announced today.New evidence from the first, randomized anesthesia trial in kids provides the strongest indication yet that exposing young children to anesthesia—at least for a brief time—will not saddle them with developmental deficits.This is a “reassuring finding, but it is not the final answer,” says Dean Andropoulos, anesthesiologist in chief at Texas Children’s Hospital and an expert who was not involved in the work.The new study assesses only what happens to youngsters after a relatively brief bout with anesthetics, so it is possible that longer or repeated exposures to such chemicals may still cause neurodevelopmental issues.This content has not been reviewed within the past year and may not represent Web MD's most up-to-date information.

Your child may need this scan so that their doctors can get detailed pictures of the size and shape of part of your child’s body.If “going under” has an effect on the developing brain, it’s likely to be very small.Even Andreas Loepke, the pediatric anesthesiologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center who co-authored the concerns,” he said.An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan uses a magnetic field rather than x-rays to take pictures of your child’s body.The MRI scanner is a hollow machine with a tube running horizontally through its middle.