Tell Young Patients to Blow Out the "Candle"

December 31, 2006

Hold an otoscope with the light on in front of the patientand ask him or her to make believe it is a candle.

Hold an otoscope with the light on in front of the patient and ask him or her to make believe it is a candle. Tell the child to blow out the "candle," and turn off the otoscope light when he complies with a deep inhalation and exhalation. Turn the otoscope light on again to encourage repeated attempts. - Hien Nguyen, MD
   Fairfax, Va

 

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