Pediatrics Question #12
Which actions would be appropriate during the examination of a 9-year-old child with
abdominal pain? (Select all that apply.)
- Ask the parent to give a description of the child’s pain
- Have the child describe the discomfort and rate pain
- Complete a head-to-toe assessment in the same way as an adult
- Respect the child’s desire to be examined without a parent present
The correct answers are B, C, and D. The child is old enough to be able to rate the pain and discomfort. Anatomically and developmentally, it is appropriate to complete a head to toe assessment in the same manner as an adult. Adolescents have the right to be examined by a health care professional without a parent present. Because the child is the one experiencing the pain, the parents cannot describe what the child is feeling.