Spongebob can be good for your children??

untitledYes, he can be!  A study published in Anesthesia & Analgesia showed that cartoons can significantly reduce a child’s pre-op stress before minor surgeries.  The study was conducted using 130 children, group 1 was the control, group 2 used a favorite toy, and group 3 watched cartoons.  Group 3, using cartoons, was found to have less anxiety before anesthesia was administered.

And I thought cartoons would rot my children’s brains!  There is a positive use for them.  The key to Spongebob’s success is distraction!

Perhaps Doctors should play cartoons while administering immunizations!  There is nothing worse then walking into a waiting room with my son and hearing a child screaming his head off in the next room.  My son immediately tenses up, head down, like he is walking into a warzone.  When the nurse finally calls us in I can see it in his eyes:  Should I run?  Make my great escape??  What if playing a cartoon in the examination room can cut down on anxiety?  My son would have a much better time during his visits and cartoons would be used in a positive way.



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  1. I learned about some theories related to this from psychology. Our mind can be distracted so we can reduce various feelings such as pain or anxiety. Some cases of distraction seem so extreme that they would never occur, but they do! There was one case in which an athlete broke her collar bone, but she didn’t even notice that it was broken until the end of her tournament. She was so focused on the game that the pain completely escaped her. I feel as if people can reduce some of the suffering a person may experience if we just add a little bit of distractions in life.


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