Brilliant Pediatrician Knows How to Make a Toddler Laugh While Getting Shots

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Dr. Michael Darden is a highly trained pediatrician and allergist. But he's more than just a man of science. He also has a gifted bedside manner. Here he is in his D.C.-area clinic giving two shots to a toddler. This would normally cause a young child to howl in pain. But Dr. Darden is so entertaining that instead the little boy laughs.

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Here's another interesting video. It's an interview with Dr. Darden. At the 5:10 mark, he shares a fascinating story. When he was still in high school, he worked in a hospital. At the age of about 16 or 17, he had the opportunity to observe an autopsy. The body was that of someone that he knew well. It was, for Dr. Darden, an early encounter with the mysterious boundary between life and death.

-via Huffington Post

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Wow, the doctor gives shots himself? No doctor has ever given our kids a shot; they're always long gone and it's always a nurse's responsibility.

We're fortunate that our two boys have very thick, dense thighs, so when they get shots they only cry for about 10 seconds, mostly from the fear of being held down on the exam table.

I'll have to remember to throw tissues in my kids' faces if I need to get their attention.
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