A 4-year-old has a foreign body in her eye. During the examination, the child refuses to allow the nurse to inspect her eye. What should the nurse say to the child?

"Would you like to hold my flashlight?"


• Getting children involved in the exam can help reduce anxiety. Explaining what you are doing or the equipment being used in general and age-appropriate terms and letting them "try" using them encourages trust and cooperation. The nurse should let the child hold safe equipment and pretend to be the nurse.

• The other options ignore the child's feelings and do not improve the child's compliance.

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