Use these tips to promote positive medical experiences among children

Children's Hospital child life specialists can help put young patients at ease. (Vanderbilt University)

March is Child Life Month. In celebration, has featured a series of stories by Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt specialists, who share their expertise with parents in putting children at ease.

Child Life Services works with patients and families to promote a positive medical experience. Child life specialists are trained in child development and the unique needs of children, teens and families in the hospital. Through play, these specialists create a friendly environment to help children feel more comfortable.

Vanderbilt’s child life specialists share these tips for incorporating those skills into caring for your children:

Using art to celebrate life

Tips for using play to help children cope with medical events

Five ways to make painful procedures easier for your child

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