You play a lot of roles as a parent. “Caregiver” is one of those roles that can have odd or even round-the-clock hours, especially if your child is sick or hurt. At Banner Children’s, we have services to help when you need to juggle more than one job:
“Protector” is another important role you play as a parent. You always want to prevent your child from getting hurt or sick in the first place. Our team of specialists at Banner Children’s can lend plenty of support in that role as well.
We have many different programs that focus on kids’ health and wellness, including:
Riding a bike is a childhood rite of passage. It’s also a great source of fun and exercise for kids. But they can also be dangerous, too. Bike crashes are second only to car accidents when it comes to sending kids to the emergency room.
One of the best ways you can help make sure your child is safe on his or her bike is to insist on a bike helmet. Every time. Helmets can help your child avoid serious injury from a bike accident, like broken bones, brain damage and paralysis.
We focus on 3 major areas of bike safety here at Banner Children’s:
Review these bike helmet safety tips to keep kids safe:
Review these bike safety tips before your child rides:
Review these rider tips to help your child avoid accidents:
Bullying is a serious problem. Every child, no matter what their size, could potentially experience bullying in their life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1 in 4 U.S. kids (28%) in grades 6 through 12 reported a bullying incident during a 2014 study, and more than 7 in 10 kids (70.6%) reported seeing bullying in their schools.
Bullying is something every parent should take seriously. Kids who are bullied – and even kids who are bullies – can have serious, lasting problems. If your child reports being bullied, ask him or her the following questions to determine if he or she is being bullied or teased:
You can help reduce the risk of bullying by taking the following steps:
You can also share our special comic books about bullying — Be Strong, Speak UP! and Proud to Be ME — with kids to help them learn more about bullying and how to address it.
Our free Injury Prevention program provides information to kids and parents on preventable injuries. Our safety advocates visit schools, church and community groups, and health and safety fairs throughout Arizona’s East Valley.
We offer safety programs geared toward children that cover:
We also offer safety programs for parents that cover:
Our Pediatric Outpatient Nutrition program at Banner Children’s brings nutrition therapy to kids and their families. During medical nutrition therapy, we:
Many insurance companies now cover medical nutrition therapy, but you should confirm your coverage with your insurance provider.
Pediatricians commonly refer kids with these and other conditions to our Pediatric Outpatient Nutrition program:
As part of our focus on keeping kids healthy, we bring health services to uninsured kids in the Phoenix metropolitan area. We do this through our School-based Clinics and our Banner Children’s Healthmobile.
Services available include:
Our clinics do not provide emergency care, hospitalization or trauma care. We also do not provide dental care, reproductive health care or mental health care, but can provide more information on resources available.
Learn more about our Pediatric Outreach Care including the locations for our School-based Clinics and Banner Children’s Healthmobile.
We provide routine sports physicals and specialized sports medicine services. We also offer wellness-focused services to keep young athletes healthy while they enjoy the sports they love. These services include:
There’s no vaccination that prevents drowning, just a lot of caution around water. Sadly, most drownings happen in home swimming pools or in bathtubs.
Take these water safety precautions and help protect your child from the risks of drownings: