Pediatrics of Padua uses various models of robots against pain and anxiety in children. We owe this extraordinary idea to Dr. Roberto Mancin, a computer engineer in Pediatrics for twenty years.
Before an invasive operation, such as a biopsy, the baby must be sedated. To do this, a pinprick must be made. But as soon as the child sees a needle he starts screaming. All the children outside the clinic hear screams and are afraid. The sting does not hurt: it is the anxiety that increases the pain. Then non-drug techniques are used to distract the child. With the little ones, for example, clown nose and soap bubbles are used. In the last twenty years, however, the average age of people who turn to Pediatrics has increased, because infant mortality has collapsed. Thirty years ago, children suffering from certain diseases died after a few days; now they become adults, but Pediatricians are not adequate to host and care for adolescents and pre-adolescents. If you show a clown nose to a 12-year-old he sends you to that country. Instead, this type of robot also has power over adults.