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    Calming the crying infant


    As I struggled to examine a crying infant one day, I turned him onto his belly while keeping his head elevated. To my surprise, the baby remained calm during the rest of the examination. Since then, I am careful to approach a baby from the front.

    At the first whimper, I turn the baby onto his or her stomach while keeping the baby's head elevated. This usually works well as long as my hands are warm and the baby cannot see me. I have found this to be very helpful, especially when examining a wheezing infant.

    Niharika Khanna, MD
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    Relaxing the gag reflex

    Gagging can be troublesome when you need to do a throat exam. This trick has worked for me many times, in both kids and adults.
    Have the patient blow out all the air in the lungs through the mouth. Then ask him or her to open wide and inhale very slowly (preferably through the nose, but the mouth works too if the nose is congested). The patient will not gag as long as he or she is inhaling. Once the inhalation is stopped, the gagging often recurs.

    Randy Cordle, MD
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    Soothing the sore throat


    In my experience, symptoms of sore throat can often be alleviated and even resolved by use of a gargle containing two regular-strength aspirin tablets in a small amount of warm water.
    Relief from viral, allergic, and even some bacterial throat infections usually lasts several hours. A coated or buffered aspirin should not be used, and acetaminophen does not work as a gargle.

    Marjorie A. Voith, MD
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    really nice one and interesting toooooo....... thank you.

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    very useful, just the kind of thing we get taught in clinical placements!

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    you dont like the thax...
    so let me tell u, that this is one of the most interesting posts i have seen here on this website.. congrats!

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