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Posted by cathy miller on August 13, 2000 at 09:37:49:

In Reply to: DOWN'S SYNDROME & ANESTHESIA posted by Sharon on August 11, 2000 at 22:19:53:


: I am trying to find out more information about the effects of anesthesia on people (especially children) with downs syndrome. My son will probably soon be in need of some dental work and I know I've read somewhere that people with downs shouldn't be "put to sleep" unless absolutely necessary and that if it is necessary then they should have a breathing tube. I would like it documented to show my child's dentist.

Our child had a appendectomy last year. The trouble he had was waking up because of his breathing. It seemed that his muscles were so relaxed from anesthetic that any movement of his head and neck would shut off he breathig. it was frightening to see this in the recovery room. Tell your dentist to
get a life and put that breathing tube in if he plans on giving him anesthetic. By the way, I'm not just a mom with a DS child, I'm also a nurse.

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