Conducting a successful clinical exam of the head and neck in children requires establishing initial friendly eye contact with the child as well as making a quick assessment of his or her mood. These are two tips that experts agree can help physicians examining children between the ages of 2 and 6 years.
Researchers surveyed a group of pediatric otolaryngologists to obtain a consensus on practical tips to help medical students and physicians examine young children (Int J Ped Otorhinolaryngol. 2016;86:233-239).
The experts completed two rounds of questionnaires aimed at obtaining tips on how to approach children in the clinic and on how to rate the frequency of use and estimated value of these tips. Of the 43 tips rated, several emerged that showed consensus among the experts.