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Sedate Your Kids While They Play 264

Posted by samzenpus
from the nap-time dept.
If your child won't sit still at the dentist, the doctor, or the kitchen table, you need the PediSedate Helmet. The device consisting of a colorful headset that connects to a game component or a portable CD player. After a snorkel attachment goes into the child's mouth, the helmet will monitor respiratory function and distribute nitrous oxide or anesthetic gas. The company website states, "The child comfortably becomes sedated while playing with a Nintendo Game Boy system or listening to music. This dramatically improves the hospital or dental experience for the child, parents and healthcare providers."

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 21, 2009 @02:42PM (#28043597)

    ... seems to suggest otherwise that the device doesn't really work properly. They need a picture of a kid with eyes like X_X and maybe his tongue hanging out for good measure.

    Then I'd buy it. For... medical purposes. Yes.

  • What ? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by anonymousNR (1254032) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @02:45PM (#28043655) Homepage

    How come this kind of posts even make it to the main page? That too into Game section, in which way this falls into game category? aah forget it.

  • by ilblissli (1480165) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @02:50PM (#28043745) Homepage Journal
    what the hell ever happened to smacking your kid upside his head and making him behave? ughhhh i'm really feeling my age when i can now say things like "in my day we didn't have video game sedation helmets...."
  • by Morphine007 (207082) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @03:02PM (#28044021)
    The kid died from respiratory obstruction due to a malformed lower jaw and pneumonia. The article you're linking to mentions that the NO2 did aggravate those factors, but it was hardly the cause. Also, the article is from 1926 and the death occurred in 1923... pneumonia was the 2nd leading cause of death in 1923 as well. [cdc.gov]
  • It's not a joke... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Facegarden (967477) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @03:02PM (#28044033)

    If you RTFA it's not a joke, but it's not meant for home use, it's for doctors to use in the doctor's office to put kids under with less anxiety.
    -Taylor

  • by mr_mischief (456295) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @03:13PM (#28044181) Journal

    Lots of the ADD over-referrals are because little girls sit still more readily than little boys, and we have lots of female primary school teachers. "Boys will be boys" is replaced with "ADD is much more prevalent in males". The over-referrals be damned, though, the doctors shouldn't drug up every kid referred to them regardless of actual diagnostics.

  • Re:Jesus Christ! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by erroneus (253617) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @03:30PM (#28044445) Homepage

    It's the TYPE of control I object to, not control. My sons, three of them, have all been exceptionally easy to manage without drugs or anything similar. I use spanking and similar old fashioned methods and always have. Frankly, when spanking properly, you don't have to spank so often and eventually not at all. But every time I see a parent attempt to "medicate" behavior I get angry because the potential damage is pretty obvious to me. Kids need to be TAUGHT not medicated.

  • by morgan_greywolf (835522) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @03:38PM (#28044587) Homepage Journal

    Not a parent, huh? You have to get them to cooperate enough to get the nitrous dispenser hooked onto their face. If they view the headset as a toy to be used while videogaming, you're far more likely to get them to cooperate.

  • Re:Jesus Christ! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by hesiod (111176) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @03:53PM (#28044829)

    Kids need to be TAUGHT not medicated.

    Wow, you teach your kids to sit still while their teeth are being drilled without any anesthetic? You must, since these are medical devices, and not for parental use. That's pretty hard-core, dude.

  • Re:Jesus Christ! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by erroneus (253617) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @04:14PM (#28045147) Homepage

    Most diagnoses of ADD and ADHD are pure bullshit. Unquestionably everyone is different and perhaps there are rare instances where medication are actually required to get people within the broad window we call "normal." But as an example, of all the morbidly obese people in the world and especially in the U.S., only a tiny fraction of a single percent of those people have actual "medical" conditions as the root cause. The rest all brought it on to themselves in some way... or their parents did it to them if it was a condition since childhood.

    We live in a society that seeks to medicate everything under the sun. We can't medicate knowledge, wisdom or understanding. We can't medicate anyone to better understand what appropriate behavior is. These are the things that developing children will be missing out on when their behavior is altered medically. Furthermore, it will tend to make drug addicts of them and others when they learn that the solution to all of their problems is found in chemicals.

    To give you some idea of how strange and alien the "fix it with a pill" approach is to me, consider how weird you might think it is to stick a bunch of needles in your body to fix everything from cuts and scrapes to cancer. (I speak of acupuncture in case you didn't get it.) And the people who believe in acupuncture are believers every bit as strong as you are in your ADD/ADHD diagnosis.

    There ARE people who have true ADD and ADHD. But the number of true cases are similar, to those who have true medical causes for morbid obesity. The rest are all diagnoses given to parents who lack the patience to teach their "difficult children." And frankly, the odds are quite likely that these "difficult children" are the results of being born to parents who are "difficult people" themselves. How many ridiculously nervous, anxious, paranoid or aggressive adults do you know? And of those with children, how difficult are those children to deal with? What about children whose parents are absent or otherwise uninvolved?

    I am very involved with my sons and I have a very "easy" personality. My sons are also very easy... especially when they are around me -- I seem to be a very calming influence on them. A huge portion of a child's behavior is learned. And while it can be altered medically, there are undoubtedly better ways that result in increased knowledge, wisdom and understanding in the children. So yes, you feel restless or that you want to stand up, escape, run out of the room, throw a random object... learn not to do it. Stop taking pills.

  • by geekoid (135745) <dadinportland AT yahoo DOT com> on Thursday May 21, 2009 @04:30PM (#28045313) Homepage Journal

    Those children grew up to be a little angry and thinking smacking kids is a good thing.
    My kids behave fine, and I don't have to bully or beat them.
    Maybe you should use a more modern technique for child care?

  • Umm... Why? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Moraelin (679338) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @06:41PM (#28046969) Journal

    Look, I'm not going to get into the whole debate about punishments. But this isn't even for when the kid did something wrong. It's a kid with a medical problem, which makes a lot of adults anxious too, in an unfamiliar place, etc. It's a kid which is ill, maybe in pain, and scared.

    So your solution is obviously to smack him upside the head... Just because in your day they didn't have ways to make an already shitty situation less traumatizing. Better make sure your kid is properly traumatized by the experience too.

    Right...

    Geeze. This must be a new low even by the standards of Slashdot trolling.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 21, 2009 @08:53PM (#28048175)

    My kids behave fine, and I don't have to bully or beat them.

    My guess is they actually don't.

    This all went wrong when people decided a smack upside the head was a beating. I got beatings, and I wouldn't recommend them, but a smack upside the head is something your grandmother does.

  • Don't Lie (Score:2, Insightful)

    by ilo.v (1445373) on Friday May 22, 2009 @06:56AM (#28051273)

    ... it still felt like a betrayal of trust to have been lied to like that

    Absolutely. One of the most common complaints of chronically ill children is that they are lied to. Paraphrasing one 7 year old boy with cancer: "When they say that this won't hurt a bit, what they usually mean is that it will only hurt for a moment. Why can't they just say that instead?" As soon as they catch you lying, they will never trust your reassurances about anything else. A woman could come to the hospital room for 30 minutes to help fill out insurance paperwork, but the kid is going to be afraid the whole time because he doesn't believe you when you tell him that the visitor isn't doing to do anything painful to him.

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