Positively St. Louis: Specialists keeping child patients calm at St. Louis Children's Hospital

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By Heidi Glaus

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - At a place that can be rather scary for both patients and parents, St. Louis Children's Hospital has about 17 secret weapons in the form of child life specialists.

Men and women who will do whatever it takes to keep kids calm.

"I may have put an adult diaper on my head and danced around when they're getting a really scary procedure done to them," says Stacey Sedlack, a child life specialist.

Their main job is to help children cope with being in the hospital.

"You're very important job is going to be is going to be to hold your arm very, very still just like a statue," says Tyler Robertson, another child life specialist says to a patient getting ready for surgery.

"It can involve preparing them for procedures, educating them about their body, the hospital and what's happening. It can involve going to procedures with them to help distract them and help them cope with the actual procedure," says Sedlack.

They might play with dolls to explain exactly what's going to happen or play games to take their mind off their procedure all together.

"We play the Wii and the iPad and Xbox 360," one patient getting dialysis points out.

"A lot of what we do revolves around play and we're here in our playroom and this is how kids relief stress, how they take their mind off being anxious," Roberston says.

So as awful as a trip to St. Louis Children's Hospital may be, there's comfort in knowing there's a a team of professionals dedicated to making children feel as comfortable as possible, they might even have a little fun.

There are so many things that go on in a hospital that most of us have no idea about and that's what sparked Coolfire Media and St. Louis Children's Hospital to team up and do a docu-series which will air on KSDK.

Look for "The Front Line For Hope," March 16 at 6:30 p.m.



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