Pediatric Clinical Pearls Archive

'Addicted' babies are misclassified

'Addicted' babies are misclassified 


Referring to infants as "addicted" to opiates is clinically incorrect and creates stigma surrounding treatment.

Overcoming voiding problems in young patients

Overcoming voiding problems in young patients


For throat swabs, don't call off the dogs

For throat swabs, don't call off the dogs


Explaining loss of consciousness

Explaining loss of consciousness

Written reminder of risky sex

Written reminder of risky sex

Providing patients with a copy of their lab reports emphasizes the seriousness of STDs.

Leave children in stitches rather than tears

Leave children in stitches rather than tears

Involving a child in suturing can subdue perceived pain.

Olive oil for a flaky scalp

Olive oil for a flaky scalp

Recommend this simple home treatment for kids with a dry, flaky scalp.

Involve parents when 
suturing a child

Involve parents when 
suturing a child


Enlisting a parent's help can provide comfort without a scary needle or painful injection.

Blow away your pediatric patients

Blow away your pediatric patients


Tips for when you perform the respiratory portion of a pediatric examination.

Be specific when taking an 
adolescent's sexual history

Be specific when taking an 
adolescent's sexual history


Specific questions will elicit more useful information about a teenager's sexual history.

Make pediatric exams all fun and games

Make pediatric exams all fun and games

A tip for getting children to open up during medical exams.

A tip for palpating ticklish children

A tip for palpating ticklish children

Abdominal exams can be ticklish for kids, but a simple trick can make it easier.

The solution to swimmer's ear

The solution to swimmer's ear

A homemade solution helps keep swimmer's ear at bay.

Auscultating a young patient

Auscultating a young patient

It is often difficult to get young patients to take deep breaths. This simple penlight trick can help.

Magic hands to soothe a restless child

Magic hands to soothe a restless child

A trick to help pediatric patients sit still during routine exams.

A little carbonation helps the medicine go down

A little carbonation helps the medicine go down

Soda water or seltzer can help mask the flavor of bad-tasting medicine.

A fun way to rehydrate children

A fun way to rehydrate children

Tips for improving the taste of oral electrolyte solution.

File away anxiety over trimming infant fingernails

File away anxiety over trimming infant fingernails

Many parents are anxious about cutting their infant's fingernails.

Improve eustachian tube dysfunction with nasal spray

Improve eustachian tube dysfunction with nasal spray

A 12-hour nasal decongestant spray can help provide relief for kids with eustachian tube dysfunction.

Try GERD medication for pediatric molluscum

Try GERD medication for pediatric molluscum

A medication for gastrointestinal disorders can help resolve pediatric skin lesions caused by a benign viral infection.

Keeping a bleeding child calm

Follow this easy tip to help get injured children to treatment before symptoms of shock develop.

Check for flat feet in young patients with shin splints

Ruling out pes planus can help avoid unnecessary prescriptions and referrals.

A little birdie can facilitate pediatric ear exams

Getting pediatric patients to remain still and quiet during ear exams is no longer an elusive goal with this nurse practitioner's tip.

Easing children's anxiety over cast removal

Cast saws can be terrifying for children. An orthopedic physician assistant shares a tip to help ease pediatric patient's fear.

"Alarming" teen contraceptive-pill compliance

Teens often tell me they forget to take their birth-control pills (BCPs), sometimes as often as three or more times per cycle.

Simple pounds-to-kilograms conversion

Simple pounds-to-kilograms conversion

A nurse shares a simple tip for converting pounds to kilograms when calculating pediatric doses.

Moving beyond "Just say no"

Moving beyond "Just say no"

Discourage teenagers from engaging in risky behaviors such as drug, tobacco and alcohol use in a meaningful way.

Overcoming shyness during pediatric visits

Transform pediatric exam into a game to make apprehensive children feel comfortable.

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