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April 9, 2008

BehindTheMedspeak: Thudguard Infant Safety Hat


When this came in just now from James Thornburg I thought I'd fallen into a wormhole and traveled back to last week's April Fool's Day.

Turns out I've already been duped once today, by that Defendius Door Chain — Rocketboy just informed me it was an April Fool's joke featured on ThinkGeek.

But come on, it's not very hard to trick me.

Like I always say, "Fool me once, it's easy; fool me twice, it's even easier."

Wait a minute....

Enough nonsense, let's get back on topic... where were we?

Mudguards, yeah, car accessories... right?





Thudguard was invented by Kelly Gibson, a mother of three children who was born and lives in the Scottish city of Aberdeen.

From the website:


Learning to walk in a world of hard surfaces...

Thudguard is comfortable and lightweight, giving your child protection and you peace of mind.

Learning to walk in a world of hard surfaces can turn a special moment into a heartrending incident in a flash.

It's normal for young children to sustain bumps and bruises occasionally as part of exploring; the problem is that this kind of fall is very common in even the safest of homes and gardens.

The damage to a falling toddler's hands and knees can be an acceptable form of pain for learning but a head injury can be traumatic for both infant and parent.

"Over 500,000 children's head injuries are recorded each year!" (DTI)

Thudguard is a revolutionary new product — an infant safety hat designed to help absorb and reduce the impact of head injuries due to a fall or collision.


It is suitable for babies and toddlers aged 7 months to 2+ years.

Here's what the experts have to say.

In Baby Blue (for boys)


and Lilac (for girls).


Apiece, £19.99.

Note to self: Email Thudguard and see if they might consider offering them in an adult size large enough to fit over my OR hat.

I wonder how that would go down, walking into the OR with one of these on....

Don't bet I won't.

Can't wait to see that video, eh?

I'm still trying to get my head around — as it were — that name: Thudguard.

Makes me wince a bit.

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Colonial women used to make padded helmets for their babies and toddlers, which was the derivation of the term "punkinhead", from "pumpkinhead", probably a result of how their heads looked when they were wearing them, like pumpkins. As the aunt of a teenager with a a catastrophic brain injury sustained in football, if I had a toddler, he'd be wearing one.

Posted by: rebecca | Apr 9, 2008 9:53:50 PM

I agree with the others. Kids get hurt. We don't want it to happen, but it is the chance that you might get hurt (and WILL get hurt if you are a real kid...we just hope not to bad)...but overprotective people are just going to screw up their kids.

And it is understandable...I wouldn't want my (hypothetical) kids to ever get hurt. I also want them to be fully developed adults some day. Ahhh...cognitive dissonance at play.

Posted by: clifyt | Apr 9, 2008 8:57:09 PM

Look at me, I'm famous....

This looks to me as totally legit. Look at all of the other baby-safe devices that they sell. We're just a few years away from being able to pay someone to spray the inside of your house with foam rubber.

Posted by: Rocketboy | Apr 9, 2008 8:11:33 PM

What a great idea! Let's put a great big goofy plastic face guard on it, too, and we'll be able to attach a baby pacifier just like a football helmet's mouthpiece. For extra face, mouth, and eye protection of course.

And we have to make sure we put some nerf neckbraces and spinal pads on them until they are at least twelve years old. And we should superglue some nerf floaties to their arms so they can't ever bump their elbows either. Or drown. And nerf kneepads, too. And then....

Hmm ... on second thought, let's skip all these separate pieces and just bundle every kid up like Ralphie's little brother in "Christmas Story". If we try hard enough, I bet we can turn every kid in the country into a pampered little marshmallow - for life!

And, kids, if the experience of it isn't enough humiliation for you, remember - as parents, we'll be required have every sweaty, smelly pratfall of yours recorded in digital hi def, for years and years of embarrassing reminders. Especially the year you start dating. Oh, the humanity!

Posted by: Fred | Apr 9, 2008 6:53:40 PM

What's the big deal? I mean, you already strolled into the OR in your Ether Bunny ears (see March 25th entries), right?

The question is, are you opting for the Thudguard in blue or lilac?

Perhaps another suitable chapeau:

Posted by: Flautist | Apr 9, 2008 6:35:06 PM

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