Straitjacketing Tots -- Humane or Horrible?

Introducing ... a papoose board. An effective way to restrain a petrified and flailing child during a medical procedure.


I had no idea they even made such things!

While I hate the idea of giving my child any kind of drug for otherwise quick and routine dental and medical procedures ... Hello, anesthesia! Maybe it's because I'm claustrophobic, but I would never consider restraining my child in a contraption like this, would you? Is it really more humane and less risky?


This is on my mind because I had to take my daughter to the ER Saturday night. Sliced open the inside of her upper right lip. I was so proud of her, she was so brave! She let the doctor examine her cut and answered questions all by her 4-year-old self. Luckily, she didn't need stitches.

But even when my daughter gashed open her chin, and the situation didn't call for sedation, the awesome mommy-minded plastic surgeon in the ER wrapped my daughter in a blanket and let me hold her in my arms while he ran the stitch. At least it was Mommy holding her and not a ... straitjacket!

Moms in the Newcomer's Club were talking about sedation versus a papoose board the other day. Only two percent of moms said they'd choose the straitj--, ah, papoose board.

But perhaps I'm missing something? Educate me so I can stop obsessing about my fear of being buried alive.

Has your toddler ever needed dental work or a procedure that required he stay perfectly still? Did you have the option of a papoose board or sedation? Which did you choose?


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