Surgical and dental risks for children – what parents should do before signing consent form
by JONATHAN M. METSCH, DR.P.H., LLC
May 20, 2014 | 349 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Recently USA Today http://www.usatoday.com noted: “Parents who sign consent forms for medical or dental procedures on their children often do so with trepidation. For many, that concern likely increased in recent weeks with reports that seemingly commonplace procedures — in one case a tonsillectomy, in another, dental work — ended in two children's deaths.”

About 530,000 tonsillectomies a year are done on children under age 15. "You only want to have tonsillectomy if there is broad agreement between the specialist, your primary care doctor and you as a parent that this is really the right thing to do."

The American Dental Association offers a list of questions to ask your dentist before a child undergoes any type of anesthesia. Highlight and click on: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/~/media/MouthHealthy/Files/A-Z/Questions%20to%20ask%20for%20your%20child.ashx

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