Tablet-based games may relax anxious kids before surgery

August 6, 2014 7:35 PM

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Playing with an iPad mini before going under anesthesia could relax some kids more than a sedative would, also making life easier for their parents and hospital staff, according to a recent study.

“Anxiety is a major source of concern for children going to the hospital for anything, but especially for surgery and it’s also a major source of dissatisfaction for their parents,” said lead author Dr. Samuel C. Seiden. “That whole process of leaving parents or having someone put a mask over your f...

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