MY COOL TRICK TO SEEING A KID’S THROAT

MY COOL TRICK TO SEEING A KID’S THROAT

Everybody hates having the dreaded tongue depressor down their throat when the doctor is trying to take a look. I have kids flinch and cry at the mere sight of the stick. I have a great trick for being able to see the back of your child’s throat without having to use the tongue depressor. It works for children 2-2 ½ or older (the child needs to be able to follow instructions).

Steps for seeing in the throat:

  1. Have the child sit at your eye level.
  2. Be ready with a light to shine in the mouth.
  3. Have your child stick out his or her tongue (as far out as it will go and aimed downward).
  4. Have your child “pant like a puppy” (with the tongue hanging out). I typically will demonstrate the move for the child.

The maneuver will lift the uvula (in the back of the throat), get the tongue out of the way, and distract the child from the real reason you are doing this “fun thing.” It works like a charm. If your child is a patient of mine, then you’ve already done it. If you’ve never been in my office, share the trick with your pediatrician; it’s gold.

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Dr. Monica Wonnacott

I'm a pediatrician and a mom. I've been doing this doctor thing for 10 years, and love it. I'm known for giving parents the straight scoop without always sugar-coating it. And I believe in educating parents. The more you know, the better care you give your kids.

Dr. Monica Wonnacott


I'm a pediatrician and a mom. PediatricAnswers.com is my blog where parents can get the straight scoop on their child's health, largely based on my experience in the office and at home. I don't diagnose on the site, so please don't ask. These are just my opinions. Use this site as a resource. And trust your parent gut.

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