Easing a pediatric patient's fears and worries during an exam isn't as difficult as it may seem. A few small changes to how you approach a physical exam can reduce the distress of a child and their family, such as:
- Allow the child to "help" with the exam
- Explain what the medical equipment is used for
- Ask the child which arm/leg/ear/etc you can start to examine, instead of if you can examine the body part at all
- If able, make uncomfortable procedures (i.e. ear and throat) as quick as possible
Providing trauma-informed pediatric care isn't complicated or time consuming. Often, it's simply re-framing how you provide care, rather than adding additional steps.
What are some ways you provide trauma-informed care with your patients?