Risks of sedating a baby
It’s not unusual for parents to consider avoiding such potential problems by using medication to make their baby sleep.Medication is a tempting way to keep your baby quiet for a few hours during a trip, but I don’t recommend it.The conclusions drawn from these statistics are evident.
These statistics are comparable to those of other developed Western countries.
However, anesthesia and surgery performed during the first trimester of pregnancy is associated with a high rate of infant death, while anesthesia and surgery can induce premature labor when performed in later phases of pregnancy.
So any decision to perform an operation during pregnancy, is determined by weighing the necessity for performing the operation against the higher than normal rate of fetal loss and prematurity.
Certain medications that children sometimes take (most notably, the over-the-counter antihistamine diphenhydramine, or Benadryl) cause drowsiness in addition to their intended results, such as treating allergy symptoms.
Diphenhydramine does have a long track record of safety and efficacy as an antihistamine, but it’s not recommended for children under two.