How to Examine an Unruly Child

Examining children is definitely a unique experience. Although they tend to be healthier than adults, they still tend to have a healthy fear of anyone trying to stick anything in any orifice. The pediatrics rotation can be a tough clerkship but if you're comfortable with performing the physical exam then you should make a great impression with your preceptors and maybe even find it to be a little fun.

Extra History

There's a few questions you should ask for children that you won't for adults.

Physical Exam

Normally you'd move head-to-toe for an adult exam. This will work for 8-9 year-olds and up, but younger kids will get more anxious and uncomfortable with time, so do the faster/quieter maneuvers early.