A Silly Song and Dance for a Kid’s Smile

Silly Song and Dance Kids Smile

Yesterday, I had the funniest experience during a physical exam. The 10 yr old thought he was going to receive shots.  Good news was he didn’t need any.  Bad news was he didn’t believe me. I literally told him five times in different ways that he wasn’t getting shots. Yet, he still didn’t believe me.  So, finally, I asked him, “What do I have to do, to make you believe me? Do I have to sing & dance?”  He silently stared at me.  So, I did.  I sang, “There are no shots today” and topped it off with my hands up high for the finale.  Guess what?  He smiled.  He believed me.  Then, he said, “You mean I worried all that … for nothing?  We all laughed a lot with that comment.

Sometimes, it takes a silly song & dance to do the trick.  I am so happy that I made him happy 🙂 That’s one of the perks of being a pediatrician … You can be a kid, be silly, get away with it, and even win a kid over.  Awesome! 
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About Nancy M. Silva, MD, FAAP

I'm a Board Certified Pediatrician. I've been in practice since 2000. I'm happily married with two children. I graduated Medical School from the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY. My Pediatric Residency training was at University of South Florida, College of Medicine. I've been in private practice since 2000. As a medical student, I had the privilege to care for children at Kings County Hospital & Downstate Medical Center in urban Brooklyn. As a resident, I cared for children at Tampa General Hospital & All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. These experiences helped shape the Pediatrician I am today.

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