Has your child ever been strapped down on a Papoose Board for a dental or medical procedure? I'd forgotten all about those tie-down torture devices until Jan B's dental work entry on her blog "Just a Mom, That's More Than Enough" refreshed my painful memories. I think my son only got strapped down once, when the doctor needed multiple tubes of blood to run tests, but what a mixture of marvel (to see my jumpy one incapacitated so neatly) and horror (to imagine how it must have felt to a boy who hated hugs and hold-downs) it was.
It's not like there were many better options for making my boy be still. Maybe the swift tie-down really was less traumatic for him than being laid upon by me and several nurses, as happened at any number of pediatric visits; or sitting on my lap with my limbs wrapped tightly around his, as happened at the dentist; or being stuck with a needle and put to sleep, only to wake up disoriented and groggy and stumble-prone, as happened when he needed an EEG.
And it's not like there weren't times at home, when he was little and wiggly and determined, when a quick-restraint device would have come in awfully darn handy.
But there's just something about the Papoose Board that seems ... unfair, really. Sneaky. A betrayal, and a ruthless display of dominance. I mean, just look at this description from a purveyor of Papoose Boards: "A struggling, frantic child can be completely immobilized in less than 60 seconds on a Papoose Board. Then, while the patient is securely and safely held, the physician can expose any part of the child's body for examination or treatment." Doesn't it sound like something that, in an adult size, Jack Bauer could make good use of? Or maybe the Others on Lost?
What has your experience been with Papoose Boards? Have you found them a useful solution to the problem of stopping a moving child? Or, like Jan B, have you gone to great lengths to avoid having to put your child in one? Share your thoughts in the comments.