Peds advice!

miss-sassmaster said: Know your references. Transformers, doc mcstuffins, princess Sofia, avengers, anything about Disney world, etc. will get you through the younger ones. Also don’t use a “cute” voice for any age except for babies and toddlers.

sarahlovespandas said: Always keep stickers in your pockets. Stickers cure all of the tears. Shine your pen light through your finger to keep babies and toddlers distracted while auscultating. Let them listen to your heart with your stethoscope if they’re nervous.

modernathena90 said: Important: to talk to a kid, don’t bend down- crouch down.

chronicallysleepdeprieved said: Remember when you were a kid-what things did you like? What things scared you? Do your research into popular kid shows and games now. Review your developmental psych. Go invest in cool stickers and carry them in your pocket.

From captainmudphud, with permission: 

Too little room on the reply function. Anyway, kids aren’t too terrible to deal with. Babies are easy. Having cool stickers is key. Don’t get generic shit. Start with relevant characters. I carried Frozen glitter stickers and sparkly (not scary) monsters. Worked great.

For auscultation or having to use the otoscope, tell them you’re looking/listening for something specific. Take cues from your environment. Little boy who’s wearing a truck t-shirt, tell him you’re listening to the truck. Etc. You can apply it to nearly anything. A lot of residents would tell the kids they were looking for treasure in their ears. For kids who aren’t into reasoning yet, telling them the steth doesn’t hurt. Show them on yourself or their parent if they’re still freaked.

One great conversation starter is asking if they have any pets. That can lead to HOURS worth of conversation. If no pets, ask what their favorite animal is. Nearly all kids able to speak have very strong opinions on animals.I once sat and entertained a ~6 YO with youtube videos of kittens on my phone and talking about EVER. SINGLE. KITTEN. she had ever met. It gave my resident time to talk with her grandmother about important medical stuff. Sometimes we are totally the babysitter. It happens.

Good luck! I think peds is a great start for 3rd year, honestly. The patients aren’t really complicated since they don’t usually have much by way of a medical history or comorbidies. It’s a great place to start learning how to present and manage pts. The most important thing you can do is relax. You’ll be fine. Watch how the residents interact with kids. You’ll learn a lot about patient interaction from that alone.

Thanks so much everyone! The pets/animals thing is genius because I love them too and won’t have to fake excitement. I’m always open to more advice on this so keep it coming if you have ideas.