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whasupmd2

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    hey all,

    you guys have any tricks to visualize pharynx/tonsils? especially the kiddos? It seems like the ones that can understand your commands, the only way to really get a good look is gag them. For the really young ones, it seems like you basically have to pry their mouths open. Any of you all have this problem?

    thanks.
     

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      whasupmd2 said:
      hey all,

      you guys have any tricks to visualize pharynx/tonsils? especially the kiddos? It seems like the ones that can understand your commands, the only way to really get a good look is gag them. For the really young ones, it seems like you basically have to pry their mouths open. Any of you all have this problem?

      thanks.

      If the kid is cooperative, have them pant like a puppy. Works pretty well.


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        whasupmd2 said:
        hey all,

        you guys have any tricks to visualize pharynx/tonsils? especially the kiddos? It seems like the ones that can understand your commands, the only way to really get a good look is gag them. For the really young ones, it seems like you basically have to pry their mouths open. Any of you all have this problem?

        thanks.

        if they're too young to understand commands, i save the ear and pharynx for last. invariably the ear exam will cause some distress, and they will 1) be crying and give you a good look, or 2) not like you very much and you can co ahead and gag them and get it over with without pissing them off twice. just remember when you're prying them open to gently twist and not pry too hard.

        if they can understand you, the panting thing works, as does telling them to take a deep breath in-- both of these maneuvers will get them to elevate their palate and give you a better look. in the end though-- if you have to gag them, you have to gag them. no one ever said this doctorin' stuff was gonna be easy :)

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          yeah, those are nice. though occasionally a little bugger will take a liking to it and clamp down on it harder than the nasty wood flavored ones :laugh:

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