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Old 07-12-2008, 01:21 AM
diamondtree diamondtree is offline
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Hi I was wondering if anybody's child has had an MRI at a young age.
My daughter is about to turn 12months and Dr Waner
(through the excellent ask the specialist facility) has recommended an MRI to be sure it is actually a hemangioma because of it's recent growth spurt.
I am more worried about the general aneasthetic than the radiation.
any one been through this and can provide advice?
thank you in advance
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Old 07-12-2008, 01:26 PM
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My youngest had an MRI at 2.5 months of age. They used sedation - they had to keep giving her more, and finally hooked her up to an IV w/sedative to keep her out. She has had GA too (for surgeries) - actually released faster from the facility after coming out of GA.

One of the "benefits" of an MRI is that radiation is not involved. You will need to remove anything metallic, and if you have worked in an industry prone to metal shards - like a machine shop - they might not let you in the MRI room with the patient.
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Old 07-12-2008, 10:27 PM
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my daughter had an MRI scan at 6 weeks old they used sedation which they gave her orally.
they had to give her a bigger dose than she should have had as it just wasnt working..they then said due to the dosage she would sleep for a long time after..but not my Eloise she woke up as soon as we got back to the ward.
she was fine and i was allowed to be with her in the room for her MRI.
Im sure it will all be ok for you and your daughter
and good luck for her treatment
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Old 07-12-2008, 10:59 PM
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My son had his first MRI at 6mos. We went to our pediatric sedation unit. They used an IV and a sedative (pent***-something or other). He fell asleep just like he would normally in my arms. I laid him on the table and we all wheeled him down to MRI. They brought him to me in the Radiology waiting room awake but a little groggy. We went back to the room in the pedi sedation unit where we fed him and got the discharge orders. He did really, really well. The worst part was that they had trouble getting his IV.

We just found out we have to have another MRI w/MRV and MRA and will have to do it all over again. The sedation part no longer worries me as it did before I knew what was going to happen.

Good luck. I'm sure she'll do great! It will be harder for you - as it usually is.
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Old 07-13-2008, 09:26 PM
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My daughter Abbie is also 12 months old and she has had 2 MRI scans of her head (brain) and neck. Both were carried out by GA ,one had 8 weeks old and the other 10.5 months. It took her longer to get over the first MRI (but she was very young and also had a steroid injection so was in pain). After the most recent MRI Abbie was crawling about the hospital playroom 2 hours after she came out of recovery - the nurses couldn't believe she had just had a GA.

Some MRI's are carried out under sedation and others under GA - it depends on how old the child is, where they are scanning and the person carrying out the scan. Abbie's MRI scans took about 40mins and it is a long time for a baby to stay completly still.

Two days after her last MRI scan she had surgery on her eyelid H (not to remove it - just to open her eye) this was obviously done again under a GA and she took longer to recover but I'm sure this was due to the operation and the length of time she was under anesthetic.
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Old 07-14-2008, 05:54 PM
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What timing - Sam's having an MRI tomorrow - he's fifteen months old. I'll let you know if I have anything to add based on our experience. He's already been sedated once for an ECG but hasn't had GA yet. Wish us luck!
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Old 07-15-2008, 03:01 AM
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My daughter had a MRI when she was 4 months old and another one when she was 9 months old. Both times, she came through well. Perfectly safe. The first time she was a still sleepy when we got home but a few hours later she was back to her old self. No worries.
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:03 PM
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My son was put under for MRI at 6 weeks old. The MRI was a full body scan and it took 1.5 hours. The hardest part was getting the iv in his leg as he really faught it. I was as soon as he came out of the sedation he was ready to eat and he slept most of the day. He was put under 7 more times for laser treatments spread out over two years. He had a few rough awakenings (crabby, vomited, screaming)... it took about 30 min.-1 hour until he seemed to be more normal...calm, sleepy and with in a few hours back to normal...playing etc.

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Old 07-15-2008, 08:53 PM
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Well, here's the update from today's MRI. They wouldn't let me stay with Sam after he was asleep but I was happy to see that they used gas to put him to sleep before inserting the IV - I've see him get IVs while awake and it's bad.

He woke up from his GA smiling, according to the nurse. But he wouldn't drink anything (and this was 10 hours since he'd last had anything to drink) and got crankier and crankier the more we tried to get him to drink.

He doesn't speak much yet, but he knows a few signs and was using the sign for "eat" over and over - like he meant it! Finally, the nurse let me "break all our rules" and give him some rice puffs and then he would drink some water. After that, he was great. The nurse tossed us out of recovery after about 15 minutes, saying if he was good to eat, he was good to go. He ate a good lunch, goofed around a bit this afternoon and is napping at the moment.

Less painful than I thought!
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:17 AM
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Rachel was under for an MRI when she was only 2 wks old. She did just fine - we were terrified, of course. Then from there, she was a regular - GA four times and then gas another 6 times with her hemangioma treatment. The thing I share most is that she was VERY unhappy once she started to awake - I always tell others that if you find a position or a song that makes them happy, stick to it and don't move. Then, like majic or a switch beign turned off - she would just "come out of it" and be her normal happy self. Anywhere between 20 minutes to an hour and then once she was finished, you would truly not be able to tell she just had surgery. Children are so resilliant.

Good luck to you - oh, one more thing, Rachel always seemed to be hungry - and I was nursing - so I would pump a bottle and have it warm and ready to go - the anesthesiologist would keep it in the back pocket to keep it warm - just in case she woke up before I was brought back in - and that did seem to help sometimes too.

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