According to this report in the BBC, watching television can can numb pain and act as a natural painkiller for children
Children who were given no distraction at all registered pain scores around three times higher than those who watched cartoons.
Even a mother’s attempts at distraction, for example by soothing or caressing the child, proved to be no match for the soothing effect of television.
The results suggested that, not only did watching television reduce levels of pain, it also improved children’s tolerance of the pain they did register, the team said.
No need for me to feel guilty about my kids watching television anymore. Next time, the kids complain of aches and pains I’ll leave the TV set on for a little more time instead of dosing them with medication 🙂