Use a Little Magic for Easier Pediatric Abdominal Exams

December 31, 2006

An effective way to coax children tolie down for an abdominal examinationis to announce that you canguess what they ate for their lastmeal by feeling their belly-then invitethem to lie down so that you candemonstrate your powers.

An effective way to coax children tolie down for an abdominal examinationis to announce that you canguess what they ate for their lastmeal by feeling their belly--then invitethem to lie down so that you candemonstrate your powers. Typically, a4-quadrant examination can be completedwhile your wrong guesses arestill producing smiles. The occasionalcorrect first guess will amaze bothchild and parent (and surprise you!).-- Scott Conley, PA
   Elizabethtown, Pa