[quote="BeeSweet, post:3, topic:309637"]
Thank you for your reply. There is an exception for children:
My son will be 7 years old in four months, and he's in his first year of sacrament prep. He is learning what sin is, what the sacraments are, and has an expressed yearning for the Holy Eucharist. I feel he would benefit from having the sacrament, especially with regard to the fear and anxiety he has about the surgery (a spiritual need). Obviously, I also want the prayers of the faithful for his health and full recovery. This is the first time he will be put under anesthesia, and any time anyone goes through anesthesia there is a danger. He doesn't know that, but he does know that they will be cutting his ear drum and placing a tube in it. He has expressed some fear about that part of the surgery. I believe that receiving the sacrament for him will strengthen his relationship to the church, his love of Christ, and give him relief from fear and anxiety.
Surely if the infant (or the retarded person) has sufficient use of reason to be strengthened, then it should be administered.
Can. 1005 This sacrament is to be administered in a case of doubt whether the sick person has attained the use of reason, is dangerously ill, or is dead.