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Health? I doubt it. Comfort? Definitely not. Perfect fit? Sure, just lace it up till your body fits it.I sincerely hope that children weren't made to wear these things. I expect that it would ruin their spine for life.
I've seen children's "training corsets" in museums before, so apparently they were made to wear them.
I looked through some of my costume books in hopes I would find a specific evidence. It does appear that children at least wore some sort of training corset, especially the girls. I also found this little tidbit on snopes.com that confirms this:http://www.snopes.com/horrors/vanities/ribs.aspThere's a little blurb about 3/4 of the way down the article regarding children wearing corsets.
Thank you, shibori. Nice link.
Philadelphia's Mutter Museum has a display of corsets, including children's corsets and an adult female skeleton with corset-molded ribs.