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Sedate Your Kids While They Play 264

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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  • Adults? (Score:5, Funny)

    by WilyCoder ( 736280 ) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @02:41PM (#28043575)

    Do they make an adult model? Where's my checkbook....

  • Hmm... (Score:4, Informative)

    by FlyingSquidStudios ( 1031284 ) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @02:42PM (#28043595) Homepage
    I smell Joey Skaggs [] at work.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    ... 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.

  • This device (Score:5, Funny)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @02:42PM (#28043599) Journal
    Is CE marked, UL listed, and Pedobear approved!
    • No, no, you're thinking of the PedoSedate. Very similar but the device is integrated into a fun-to-wear fuzzy bear mask. Fun for the entire family!
  • by MuChild ( 656741 ) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @02:42PM (#28043601)
    ...why do they need the video game? Once it kicks in you could amputate at the knee and recieve only chuckles in response.
    • 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.

      • by twidarkling ( 1537077 ) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @04:14PM (#28045149)

        Are kids really going to fall for that? They're not stupid. They know the gameboy or CD player works without that helmet. They're not going to suddenly be fooled by someone going "Jimmy! Your CD player needs this large, indimidating helmet, and a tube stuck down your throat to work!"

        You'd have more luck taking House's approach, and take a hit of nitrous yourself before strapping it to the kid.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by vidarh ( 309115 )
      Nitrous doesn't prevent pain in most people to any great degree. It mostly make you care less and react less to it and give a sense of wellbeing.

      I've used it while at the dentist (though not any more - it's too expensive to be worth it), and it was nowhere near strong enough to replace a novocaine injection or others for anything but the most trivial stuff that I wouldn't have minded doing without any sedation at all anyway.

      It was however a very pleasant addition. When I had nitrous, I was in the chair

  • Huh, I always wondered what those weird helmets and head gear on everybody, especially children, in those old 1950's cheesy sci-fi movies, were for. I guess I know now...
  • What ? (Score:2, Insightful)

    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 Daimanta ( 1140543 ) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @02:45PM (#28043661) Journal

    It's a joke.

    I think.
    I hope.
    God, don't let this be true.

    • by taustin ( 171655 )

      Of course it's a joke, just like the "ball and chain with a time" joke. It's a felony for anyone to administer any kind of general anesthetic other than a licensed anesthetologist, mostly because generals are moderately dangerous. Last I heard, the most like reason you'd die on the operating table was a problem with the general.

      • by tepples ( 727027 )

        It's a felony for anyone to administer any kind of general anesthetic other than a licensed anesthetologist

        Which is why dentists have been double-majoring in dental surgery and anesthesiology, so that they can offer advanced sedation techniques to their patients.

    • by HasselhoffThePaladin ( 1191269 ) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @02:55PM (#28043881)
      I especially like the triad of concepts at the top of the logo: Distraction, Comfort, Sedation. Sounds like the perfect date-rape process. For the record, IANAR.
    • by geekoid ( 135745 )

      Why? If it is a way to have children relax and prepare for surgery, it's a good thing.

      No, it is NOT for everyday use, or home use.

    • When I was 11 or 12 or so, I had teeth removed at the dentists. For whatever reason I got scared on the chair as they went to sedate me and went into a panic. I'm pretty sure I landed at least a couple of good kicks and punches ("Oooh my solar-plexus.." one of the men cried, I'll always remember) in the minute or two before they managed to hold me down and anaesthetise me.

      So I note the line "more comfortable for .... healthcare providers" in the article and don't doubt it's for real. ;)

  • by ForestGrump ( 644805 ) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @02:48PM (#28043723) Homepage Journal

    What happened to good ol parenting and talking the kid through the procedure with soothing words like, "just one more and we'll be done"

  • 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...."
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by geekoid ( 135745 )

      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?

      • Contrary to current trendy beliefs, history shows this to be entirely untrue. Like it or not, if smacking your kid when he did something wrong turned him into an evil bastard when he/she was an adult then all of us would be evil bastards continuing to smack our children when they do something like parents used to.

        The entire animal kingdom uses punishment this very same way, you can cream in your pants all you want about not punishing your children and do all you want to convince yourself that positive reen

    • 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.


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

  • I mean, it sounds like an Onion story but none of the links are going to the Onion.

  • April 1st was a month and 20 days ago.
    I actually had to check.

    This has to be a joke.

    Any use of this device would be misuse in my opinion.

  • Oblig. (Score:5, Funny)

    by Reason58 ( 775044 ) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @02:51PM (#28043799)

    Bender: And so I ask you this one question: Have you ever tried simply turning off the TV, sitting down with your children, and hitting them?

  • by DAldredge ( 2353 ) <SlashdotEmail@GMail.Com> on Thursday May 21, 2009 @02:52PM (#28043807) Journal
    It is a medical device, it isn't meant for the general public. PediSedate is a medical device consisting of a colorful, toy-like headset that connects to a game component such as the Nintendo Game Boy system or a portable CD player. Once the child places it on his or her head and swings the snorkel down from its resting place atop the head, PediSedate transparently monitors respiratory function and distributes nitrous oxide, an anesthetic gas. 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. The result is a system that provides a calming influence over the children, monitors the child continuously, allows the procedure to be performed by less skilled personnel, increases the speed with which procedures can be performed and makes the procedure a less stressful experience for all involved. Each headset can be used multiple times per day by replacing the disposable components contained in the disposable kit. PediSedate consists of a state of the art anesthesia administration and monitoring system. A pulse-oximeter within the headset, monitors oxygenation and a capnometer monitors second-to-second respiratory rate ensuring the safety of the patient. This currently is not the standard of care in outpatient settings. The PediSedate anesthesia delivery system delivers Nitrous Oxide and other volatile agents via a patented anesthesia delivery/scavenging mask situated in the snorkel. Inhalation anesthesia is both painless and titrateable. The benefits of volatile anesthetics are that onset and recovery times are rapid, which reduces cost to the healthcare system.
  • I was going to write something snarky, but I'm honestly stumped.

    I can't decide whether this is an innocuous gimmick or something subtly terrifying.

    OK. I have to try something; if you switched out the nitrous tank for something foul smelling and nausea inducing, you could use this rig for adversion training obsessive vidiot kids.

  • Where do I sign up for one of these things for around the house?
  • Brave New World... (Score:3, Informative)

    by Akido37 ( 1473009 ) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @02:56PM (#28043921)
    Didn't I read about this somewhere before?
  • Hard Mode (Score:5, Funny)

    by njfuzzy ( 734116 ) <ian.ian-x@com> on Thursday May 21, 2009 @03:00PM (#28043985) Homepage
    Finally, a way to add some challenge to older games!
  • 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.

  • One of this would _vastly_ improve the workday!

  • RTFA (Score:5, Informative)

    by fubar1971 ( 641721 ) on Thursday May 21, 2009 @03:13PM (#28044185)

    It is for medical use only. Evryone that is bitching about Parents not being parents, and ADD, smacking kids, etc. Please RTFA
    • It's not their fault- they used the device before they had a chance to read anything.
    • So its to help out doctors when parents won't smack their children and they can't without getting sued?

      Seriously, the problem still comes back to the parents smacking their damn kids when they won't listen to what they are told.

      You can read the article all you want, it won't change the fact that its a stupid fix to a stupid problem created by idiots who think they are smarter than everyone else. The entire rest of the animal kingdom 'smacks their kids' when they get out of line.

      Humans, thanks to 'doctors'

  • Won't dental work be difficult with a snorkle attachment in the child's mouth?

    How exactly does that work?

  • You know, I thought the kiddie ball and chain [] was the best (and funniest) child accessory ever, and would not be topped for quite a while.

    I stand corrected.

    Combine the lil' gas helmet with the lil' ball and chain, and hilarity ensues.

  • The website [] for the company looks old. All their press room links are from 2002. Did this product ever make it into production or was the idea abandoned?

    And yes, the headline is horribly misleading. This is a medical device for children undergoing surgery, not a home device for controlling your kids.

  • So when can I get one for my 2 year old?? Please hurry...
  • I would still rather go with this: []

    It's easier to do than a big helmet.

  • And if the child has an undiagnosed case of malignant hyperthermia? "Lesser-trained" medical professionals should not be messing around with volatile anaesthetics. []

    • by geekoid ( 135745 )

      And "lesser trained" professional shouldn't be using a scalpel.

    • First, the drugs in question are already in use, and this device doesn't do much to change that.

      Second, malignant hyperthermia is not immediately life threatening -- in general there would be plenty of time to call the paramedics and get the appropriate treatment at a hospital.

  • 1. I really can't see having to wear that being much more comforting than just having a parent in to reassure the kid. Make it so they don't need to go in alone. Whether this is just for medical facilities to use or not, it doesn't strike me as a wonderful idea.

    2. In the picture, is that a boy or a girl, or some mix? Because gyuh.

  • When I was growing up in the 1970's, I was declared "mentally retarded" and tossed into the special ed classes. Never mind that I could blow out their tests in ways that normal students couldn't touch, wanted to learn more than what the teachers weren't teaching, and had way fewer behavioral problems than the other kids. Troubled kids back then were treated like idiots rather than medicated to no return.
  • I remember once I had surgery as a kid over 15 years ago. They gave me a small cup with something to drink (some kind of anesthetic I guess) and then sat me down at an NES with Zelda. I was out in a few minutes.

    This sounds like a step BACK from that.

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