Using parents as exam tools

Walsh, Kristen
June 2007
Contemporary Pediatrics;Jun2007, Vol. 24 Issue 6, p108
The article offers advice for pediatricians on getting young children to take deep breaths during stethoscope examination. The author recommends asking the child to watch his mother or father, who will demonstrate deep breathing with mouth open. The act of making eye contact with the parent usually calms the child and focuses his attention. She notes that the technique is effective, easy to remember and does not require props. Some physicians instruct the child to practice blowing out birthday candles.


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