Clinical Tip: If "ahh" doesn't work, try "ehh"

November 1, 2006

I have found that examining a child's tonsils and oropharynx can at times be easier if you ask the child to say "ehh" rather than the traditional "ahh." When the child says "ehh," the cheeks move farther apart and the palate moves higher, sometimes providing a much better view.

I have found that examining a child's tonsils and oropharynx can at times be easier if you ask the child to say "ehh" rather than the traditional "ahh." When the child says "ehh," the cheeks move farther apart and the palate moves higher, sometimes providing a much better view.

Bruce Davison, MD

Columbus, Ind.