Revisited: Child Immobilization Devices

Take a look at this photo. What is it?

Side-by-side marketing photos of the Pediatric Positioning Chair. A toddler sits strapped to a chair with his hands and chin restrained against the device. The chair is on rolling casters. High above the child a stuffed animal dangles in mid-air, suspended from a stick attached to the chair.

Disclaimer: If your child endured a device like this and you found the experience to be emotionally tormenting, please take my comments with a grain of salt. For parents who have only known health and happiness, devices such as the one above look very, very weird.

So what is this contraption?

  1. A hands-free potty training seat.
  2. A no-mess feeding chair ensuring proper gastronomic posture as Mom spoon feeds her child.
  3. An electric chair for condemned toddlers.
  4. A torture rack for tickling under arms (feathers sold separately).
  5. A device that ensures toddlers sit still while X-ray images are captured.

Yep, it is the medical Pediatric Positioning Chair by Clear Image Devices. Here’s hoping your child never has to sit in this chair because it means he’s in the hospital for some serious treatment.

Be sure to check out my previous Child Immobilizer Showcase which examined some baby-in-tube devices for taking X-ray images.

The Pediatric Positioning Chair dangles a stuffed animal from a stick overhanging the chair. One retailer even shows a whole toy mobile being hung in front of the child. It’s sort of like dangling a carrot before a horse. Hook up some tricycle pedals and a power generator for these kids and maybe we could solve the world’s energy problems.

Footnote: I learned about this chair from a third-party sales representative who e-mailed to alert me about this new product. Ummm, any publicity is good publicity?


5 Responses to “Revisited: Child Immobilization Devices”

  1. Joel says:

    yikes – that’s scary!

    July 6th, 2006 at 6:02 pm

  2. Christie says:

    I found your website while researching immobilizing device for a school project. I am a senior student in a radiography program. I found the comments very amussing however, technologists take the immobilization of a child very seriously. Of course it is scary for the child, however by keeping the child still we eliminate the need for a repeated film which reduces the child’s exposure to radiation. And also when a child screams they take in a deep breath which is important for chest x-rays. So ya we do say it’s a keeper, but we have the child’s best interest in mind too.

    April 13th, 2007 at 4:41 pm

  3. Sadie says:

    Have you ever tried to get a good diagnostic chest x-ray of an uncooperative child that two adults can’t hold still? Believe me, it isn’t easy. What if the child has a very serious condition? Better to let them suffer or die than to be strapped in this restraint for a couple of minutes?? Maybe you have some better ideas? I’d like to hear them if you do!!

    June 17th, 2008 at 8:17 am

  4. AJ says:

    Well Sadie, I obviously think children should die of their injuries in the hospital if they won’t sit quietly for an X-ray.

    No. Thanks for blowing my comments completely out of proportion.

    June 17th, 2008 at 8:22 am

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Kids these days grow up too fast – used to be that contraptions like this only came in adult size at the SMBD store…

    November 22nd, 2009 at 12:52 pm

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