To complete a thorough abdominal assessment on a squirmy toddler, tell the child you are going to use your hands to guess what he or she has had to eat. I can generally palpate for as long as I need by reporting what I am feeling (e.g., bananas, spaghetti, Cheerios, etc.). — Jean Gale, NP, South Beloit, Ill. (175-6)


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