Yes, 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.