My nephew can get a little wild sometimes. He gets overly excited and it just, sort of, takes off. He calls it “running around crazy.” I can always calm him down by pulling out my iPad and opening one of his favorite interactive books (although, he’d usually prefer Minecraft). He can sit for hours, reading the pages of books, exploring activities, and listening to the read-to-me narration. It relaxes him.
According to a recent study in the Pediatric Anesthesia journal, playing with an iPad before going under could actually relax children more than a sedative would. They are able to calm down with distractions, without needing a mind-altering medication to help them.