Tuesday, December 17, 2013

deception


treating children is not my forte; that's why I didn't do paediatrics. but often I get kids who are unco-operative & will do a running battle with me.

like trying to insert an intravenous cannula. so, i try to cajole this 8-year-old into thinking that it's actually a cute little butterfly......
















he only looks partly convinced.

before i spray some cold liquid on the back of his hand, i tell him it will feel like iced milo. this numbs the skin & i try to insert the cannula fast before the cold wears off. once in, the battle is almost won.

then i tell him i need to feed the "butterfly" some water....


finally, i tell him the butterfly needs to have some milk because it's hungry.






















that's the last thing he remembers before he doze off to sleep.............and kids looks so angelic when they're in deep sleep!!

butterfly, iced milo, milk......this is how we "deceive" kids into co-operating with us.

9 comments:

Tempus said...

hahah try on the doggies and cats. They don't even listen; some just "crunch" hahahaha

Small Kucing said...

ouch....well as long as it works...not really deceive la...more like widening their imagination :)

ilene ong said...

Doc, could you be the one to do for me should I need it? Just love your butterfly theory!

doc said...

Tempus,

true, & i've always thought being a paediatrician was already difficult!!

doc said...

S.Kucing,

often have to be a bit imaginative to get the job done.

doc said...

Ilene,

it would be my pleasure, but for adults, i might come up with another "deception."

Anonymous said...

"deceiving"children is a 2 edged sword. Kids won't trust the doc the 2nd time around. The docs at Kandang Kerbau Singapore asked parents to tell their their kids they were going to the "zoo". They ought to tell them they were going to the bull shit, er I mean the bull shed

doc said...

Anonymous,

point taken.

have you been deceived this way when you were young?

Michelle Mak said...

Oh great... How i wish i had tat kind of story before i was shot down with morphine n other anaesthesia drugs recently... Had a bad experience... :(