Hold Toddlers in the Parent Trap for Easier Throat Exams

June 1, 2006

With proper guidance, a parent canassist in the difficult task of examininga young child’s throat.

With proper guidance, a parent canassist in the difficult task of examininga young child's throat. Have thechild sit on the parent's lap with hisor her back against the parent'schest. The parent uses one arm to encircleand hold both of the child'sarms. The free hand firmly grips thechild's forehead to hold the neck inslight extension and keep the headfrom turning. This position permits aquick, adequate examination of thethroat.
-Donald J. Kovacs, MD
  Boiling Springs, Pa