Study: iPads reduce anxiety in children before surgery

(WIAT) — Surgery can be traumatic for anyone, but especially for children. A new study suggests an iPad can help reduce anxiety in little ones who are about to go under the knife.

French researchers say playing games like “Angry Birds” worked just as well as sedatives to make kids less anxious right before an operation.

The study looked at 112 children between four and ten years old. They were randomly assigned to either take a sedative or play with an iPad for twenty minutes before receiving anesthesia.

Researchers found the tablets worked just as well to reduce stress as the medication did. The iPad also helped put their parents at ease as well.

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