Giving toys to children reduces their anxiety about receiving premedication for surgery

Leonard Golden, Murali Pagala, Sujatha Sukhavasi, Dheeraj Nagpal, Ayeesha Ahmad, Aruna Mahanta

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Abstract

Children have increased anxiety during the preoperative period. The administration of oral premedication to children is often met with apprehension, reluctance, or refusal. We sought to determine whether giving a small toy to the children would decrease the anxiety associated with taking oral premedication. This was a prospective study involving 100 children 3-6 yr of age randomized into two equal groups. The anxiety of each child was assessed using the Modified Yale Preoperative Anxiety Scale. The results showed significantly less anxiety in children who received a toy before oral administration of midazolam.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1070-1072
Number of pages3
JournalAnesthesia and Analgesia
Volume102
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes

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