During physical examination of the respiratory system, it is often difficult to get young patients to take deep breaths. As a solution, hold your penlight up and pretend to gently blow it out like a candle.

When you need to listen to a full breath, ask the child if he or she is able to blow out the light. Continue until all areas are auscultated. — Beth Hogan Quigley, MSN, RN, CRNP, Philadelphia, Pa. (176-5)

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