The challenges of child patients

Children are my favourite patients, but they present unique challenges, reminding me that they are not miniature adults.

Their perceptions often make little sense to us, but nonetheless must be heard, acknowledged and validated if we are to treat them effectively.

Four cases come to mind. The first two children had issues with poo, the third with fear and the fourth with grief.

Harry, a sensitive four year old, only child of a single mother, wouldn’t poo in the toilet, but insisted on