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