■ Approach the older infant gradually, using a toy or object to distract the infant.
■ Do as much of the examination as possible with the infant in the parent's lap.
■ Speak softly to the infant or mimic the infant's sounds to attract attention and to keep the infant occupied.
■ Ask a parent about the infant's strengths to elicit useful developmental and parenting information.
■ If the infant is cranky, make sure he or she is well fed before proceeding with the examination.
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