Apple iPads are as good as sedative drugs at calming kids down before surgery

“While the Apple Watch may be inducing stress for some, the iPad seems to be doing quite the opposite,” Ananya Bhattacharya reports for Quartz.

“Apparently, the tablet can act as a calming force ahead of surgery for children between the ages of four to ten. That’s the finding of new research presented at the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists in Hong Kong, held from Aug. 28 to Sept. 2,” Bhattacharya reports. “Using iPads to distract and lower anxiety levels prior to surgeries requiring general anaesthesia proved as effective as traditional sedatives, French researchers found.”

“Comparing the effects of the drug midazolam on 54 children, administered orally or rectally, with 58 others who played age-appropriate games on an iPad 20 minutes prior to anaesthesia, the researchers found that both the drug and the tablet equally blunted anxiety,” Bhattacharya reports. “Moreover, the tablet had an upper hand when it came to administering the numbing agent. Both parents and nurses rated the iPads more highly when evaluating the quality of induction of the anaesthesia.”

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MacDailyNews Take: iPads are also excellent for car rides and restaurants once the kid’s internal time limit has been exceeded, to name just two optimal iPad deployments.


  1. On the contrary with the assertion in the above article, the screens are scientifically recognized like preventing from having a quiet sleep. Especially smaller kids should NOT be exposed playing around with tablets or smartphones before going to sleep.

    1. Interestingly enough, the fact iPads act “like powerful sedative drugs” suggest they would be highly ineffective and counter productive as learning tools.

      The last thing you want is to have a foggy mind when you want to do work or learn.

      Another good reason why not to use an iPad.

      We highly recommend you use a Microsoft Surface product for all you work or learning.

      It has been scientifically proven that these Microsoft products greatly stimulate your mind and increase your ability to learn by at least 1000 fold.


    2. Yes, but we’re not talking natural sleep here, but sedation, a non-sleep, medically-induced state. Furthermore, the use of pre-operative anxiolytic sedatives is to reduce anxiety and make the child less frightened and easier to work with, which the study says the iPad can do just as well, thus saving the child exposure to yet another mind-altering chemical.

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