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?