Think twice about the treatment under GA, if you can go without it for as long as you can.
I have son who has facial birthmark. He's 17 months old now and I started the treatment when he was 4 months old without the GA, just with numbing cream.
He undergone 4 treatments without GA and become too strong and movable to do it like that. We switched into GA but only for 2 treatments and we decided to stop it now and wait till he is 4 years old. At younger age the treatment was really effective... his birthmark faded about 50% at that stage.
Don't over-worry about your girl having a birthmark. The laser treatment is really effective and it will help her. I have seen older kids at the hospital having very effective treatments too, despite their age.
At the time my son was born there was a new article published on the internet about general anesthesia in infants and link to learning disabilities. For that reason I put him through the trauma of 'life' surgeries.
I had spoken to the chief of anesthesiologists in my local hospital and he sad I should stop worry and do the treatments under GA, as the risks are not clear yet and we have no proven that learning disabilities in children will be caused by early exposure to GA... so that's why i decided to try GA at last.
Many months passed and I just now, before his third GA surgery I went onto the internet again and discovered that although we still have no answer there are more animal studies that prove the point that GA causes brain damage when administered during rapid brain grow (first 4 years of human life) and human study is being done now to find out clearly what's going on. But it is proven that GA causes brain damage to some extent at that point. As you can see this is very confusing, especially for a new parent. This is enough information for me to STOP right now GA treatments and not risk my son's brain health and future cognitive development for beauty.
Good luck with your decision and please make a good research before you decide and yes, try early and frequent treatments, possibly without GA for the next few months - before your daughter is too strong to be hold down.
Last edited by firstname.lastname@example.org : 05-15-2011 at 03:50 PM.