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Help your child feel relaxed and comfortable during medical situations with the support of the knowledgeable, compassionate child life specialists at Essentia Health. You can count on our child life specialists to provide guidance and help your family build coping skills during doctor visits, treatments, and procedures.
This service is available in Duluth, Minnesota and Fargo, North Dakota.
Child life specialists are professionals trained in child development and psychology. They're certified by the Association of Child Life Professionals to provide support to infants, children, youth and families in a medical setting. By using age appropriate strategies, they work to reduce a child's fear, anxiety, and pain. They help families cope with illness, injury, or bereavement.
They help ease stress and anxiety for young patients and their families by providing:
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Ask a child life specialist to teach you comfort positions—specific ways to hold your child so they feel secure while they receive medical care, such as a shot, lab draw, or stitches. Comfort positions:
Help provide fun and stress relief to children in the hospital at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota, and at Essentia Health-Fargo, in North Dakota.
Your donations of new toys, books, stuffed animals, art supplies, and more bring joy to our youngest patients.
For more information about Certified Child Life Specialists visit childlife.org.
Child life specialists are available at: