When examining toddlers, most will be reluctant. But do not look them in the eye and divert their attention by making a mouth noise. I will make a medium-pitch “boop boop” noise as I work my stethoscope up, maybe touching the parent or the child’s leg. And while doing the exam, I will make a clicking sound. But don’t look the child in the eye! It works most of the time to keep children consoled. — RHONDA HERTWIF, PNP, Hendersonville, N.C. (201-6)
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