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From the beginnings of our lives as doctors, we are taught about
professionalism. Professionalism encourages and enables doctors to
maintain focus on the patient's needs and treatment.
Kissing a child oversteps the boundary of professionalism. Such
contact shifts thinking from the patient to the professional and meets the
professional's emotional needs rather than the patient's.
Physical contact with p...
Physical contact with patients can be an important way of
demonstrating warmth and humanity, but I would argue that in the situation
that Mr Alamri describes, such comfort should come from the parent. This
helps the child to develop boundaries about physical contact, understand
that their bodies are their own and prevent confusion.