Is Anesthesia Safe For Infants Under 7 Months?
want to ask. My child is only 7 months old. Continue to the doctor below for examination because there is swelling at the bottom of the gum. The doctor immediately proposed a surgical operation. What I’m worried about is the risks and complications of surgery and anesthesia … is it safe to do so and what is the actual age limit (how many months or years) for the operation of the baby?
Hello Vega, thanks for the question.
It is natural for you as a parent to worry about the risk of side effects or complications from surgery and anesthesia. Basically, all surgeries and anesthetics have risks, whether they are performed on infants, children, adolescents, adults, or the elderly. The risk of the surgical procedure is directly proportional to the physical condition of the patient before undergoing the procedure, type of disease, type of surgery, and duration of surgery. All operations have a risk of bleeding and infection, although this risk does not always occur. The emergence of the risk of complications is suppressed as low as possible by using the antiseptic aseptic method during surgery and appropriate surgical procedures.
Anesthesia is divided into local and general. Generally local anesthetics rarely cause severe side effects, except if the person is allergic to anesthetic substances. General anesthesia has a greater risk of side effects. Once again, the likelihood of risk depends on the patient's age, physical condition, type of disease, and type of surgery. The younger and older the patient, the higher the risk of anesthesia. Some examples of side effects after anesthesia are:
Dizziness or headache.
Sore throat and cough.
Fussy to infants and children.
Heart rhythm disorders.
There is no standard age at which surgery and anesthesia will be allowed. Each operation has a different indication. Each operation has a different level of urgency. If the condition of the baby is emergency and threatened with life if surgery is not performed immediately, then the doctor will make the decision to immediately operate, even if the baby is not even 1 year old. For example, in the condition of congenital heart disease. Conversely, if the baby's condition is stable and is not an emergency, surgery may be delayed until the baby enters infancy. For example, surgery to repair the toes.
We don't know how severe your baby's condition is. So, you should discuss your concerns with the treating doctor. Ask your doctor, what risks might arise if the baby is not operated or operated on. If you continue to doubt after several discussions with the doctor, then you have the right to ask for a second opinion.
Thus the explanation that we can give, hopefully you are helped. Regards.