When Apple made iPad, little did the US tech giant realise that the popular device may work as real-world sedative for kids before surgeries. New research shows that allowing children to use iPads to distract them before surgery requiring general anaesthesia is as effective at lowering their anxiety as conventional sedatives. Not only that. Parental satisfaction and quality of anaesthesia induction was higher in children using iPads, said lead researcher Dominique Chassard, EPICIME, Hopital Mere Enfant, Hospices Civils de Lyon in Bron, France. Anxiety was assessed both in children and in parents.