Tag Archives: Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Urinary tract infections: Can you tell by the smell?

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Raising Arizona Kids Safety Seat Resource page

Here’s a list of where to get help around the Valley for car seat safety checks, recalls, and other information on how to keep babies, toddlers, and older kids safe in vehicles.

Know of resources we’ve missed? Use the comments section and we’ll add to our list once we verify your suggestion. Thanks!


Cardon Children’s Medical Center Car Seat Safety Tips and email contact information for parents with questions

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention features the Car Seat Helper App; also more on their Kids Ride Safe program

AAA Arizona offers assistance from certified car seat technicians. Contact the AAA Traffic Safety Educator to schedule an appointment

National Highway and Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) car seat safety inspection stations in the Greater Phoenix area

Valley Fire Departments: Links to individual station web site pages on car seat inspection and safety checks. Call first to make sure a certified technician will be on site:

Avondale Fire Department

Chandler Fire Department

Gilbert Fire Department

Mesa Fire Department

Peoria Fire Department

Phoenix Fire Department

Scottsdale Fire Department

Surprise Fire Department

Tolleson Fire Department

National Highway Traffic and Safety Association has the latest car seat recommendations for kids and updates on state-by-state laws

Safe Kids USA features research on car seats and placement and motor vehicle safety facts sheets.


Visiting restrictions in place at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Even a simple cold can be dangerous to hospitalized children — or adults, for that matter.

Because of the increase in respiratory illness seen in the community, Phoenix Children’s Hospital has implemented restrictions on young visitors effective Friday, December 30.

Respiratory viruses are the leading cause of lower respiratory tract disease in young children and the leading cause of death among low-birth-weight babies.

Read more on Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV

Anyone with nasal congestion, a fever, labored breathing, coughing, or other signs of illness should refrain from visiting hospital patients.

Is it a cold or the flu?

While the restrictions are in place at Phoenix Children’s, child visitors must be at least 12 years old to visit patients. The restrictions apply to all patient care areas.

All visitors must be free from respiratory symptoms. Restrictions on visits by young children during cold and flu season are typical at most Valley hospitals; check with any medical center before you go.

How to decrease the risk of child sexual abuse

Child sexual abuse. How do you know if your child is at risk?

According to the American Psychological Association, (APA) children and adolescents, regardless of their race, culture, or economic status, appear to be at approximately equal risk for sexual victimization.

Statistics show that girls are sexually abused more often than boys are; but that may be because of a suspected tendency among boys and men to not report an incident.

Who is most likely to be an abuser? The majority of sexual offenders are not strangers to the child; rather, they are more likely to be family members or other adults who are otherwise known to the child. 

Preventing the likelihood of child sexual abuse in any community takes education and awareness, says Darkness to Light, a national non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of child sexual abuse through public education and awareness.

Darkness to Light has developed  a prevention training program for adults, Stewards of Children, that attempts to change beliefs, actions and attitudes towards child sexual abuse, and offers simple strategies for protecting children.

Because it is ultimately the responsibility of adults to make sure children are safe, training programs like Stewards of Children can help to make sure everyone in a community is educated on the potential signs of abuse and the shared responsibility of protecting children.

Adults bear the burden of stepping up and speaking out when something doesn’t look or feel right with respect to the well being of a child.

Not just one’s own children. ANY child.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital will host a FREE Stewards of Children three hour workshop on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rosenberg Medical Plaza, Cohen Conference Center, 1920 E. Cambridge Road, located on the PCH main campus.

Participants are strongly encouraged to register by January 5th, 2012. 


Parents, youth sports organizations, coaches, camp counselors, youth service organizations, teachers, school personnel and faith centers are encouraged to attend.

The hope is to inspire individuals to take personal responsibility in preventing child sexual abuse by presenting facts.

For example, did you know that…

  • the median age for reported sexual abuse is age nine?
  • that people who abuse children often look and act just like everyone else, and often go out of their way to appear trustworthy to gain access to children?
  •  that most child victims never report the abuse?

The typical advice “Don’t Talk to Strangers” doesn’t apply in this case, says the APA. Most sexual perpetrators are known to their victims.

Teach children at an early age to express affection to others on their own terms. Do not instruct children to give relatives hugs and kisses.  Teach your children basic sexual education, says the APA.

And my favorite: Establish good, strong communication skills with children from a very early age by listening attentively to what they have to say. Make sure they know they can come to you and say anything, and that they will be loved…and believed.

More tips from the APA on protecting children.

On what we can learn from Penn State, according to Darkness to Light.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix established a Safe Environment Training Office in the wake of child sexual abuse cases in church communities. They offer a comprehensive web listing on local, state and national resources for families, including the steps to take when reporting an abuse in any community in Arizona.


Thanksgiving travel with kids? Stay safe

Are you traveling this week?

The American Automobile Association predicts an increase this year in the number of families who will be celebrating Thanksgiving away from home.

Travel can jumble regular routines  for young children and their parents. Changes in sleeping schedules and arrangements, more people staying in a house that may not have the same level of baby-proofing as yours, and plenty of opportunities for distraction can increase the risk of accidents.

Take a look at these five areas around the house to watch as you and your family celebrate this week:

The Kitchen:

The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors along with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends keeping anything that can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains away from the stovetop.

Always stay in the kitchen while cooking and turn off the stove if you must leave,even for a moment. Turn pan handles toward the back of the stove, and make sure to keep knives in a safe place.

Family room:

The NFPA reminds parents to never leave a child in a room alone with a candle or other fire source.

Alcohol poisoning is a common risk for families during the holiday season, according to KidsHealth.org. Remove all partially empty glasses or cups as soon as guests are finished to prevent the chances that small children will imitate revelers by tasting an adult beverage.

It might be early for mistletoe, but even common house plants can poison young children. Other items can cause accidental poisoning that may not be in a childproof location. Make sure to take the number of the National Poison Center along, just in case: (800) 222-1222.

Bedrooms and Baths

Travel to relatives’ homes and hotels opens up the potential for babies to sleep in unsafe settings and increases the risk of death due to unsafe sleep, says a member of the Child Protection Team at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Recalled cribs and play yards can put baby at risk. If you choose to put a baby in the same bed with you, make sure you are aware of the risks.  Read more on safe sleep and co-sleeping from our RAK Archives.

Check under the sink in bathrooms for poisons, and use caution when bathing kids. Never leave small children alone near water.

Outside: pools and firepits

Out-of-town guests may not be aware of pool safety guidelines, so it is important to make sure they know to close gates when entering the pool area.

Remove any pool toys to improve safety and visibility around the pool. Be aware of anything a child could use to climb up on and over the pool fence.

Inspect fencing and gates to ensure that pool fencing isn’t damaged or deteriorated and that all latches and locks are working properly.

Remember that the “campfire in the back yard,” or firepit, can cause injury, too.


Installing a car seat in a car that is not your own can be tricky. Plan ahead if you are using a relative’s vehicle. Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Car Seat Helper App can provide tips on setting up your child’s seat in a make and model you are unfamiliar with.

The traveling with kids blog Delicious Baby has a list of tips for parents who choose to rent a car seat along with a rental car, as well as information on flying with car seats.

And, speaking of flying- check out the latest guidelines from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for traveling with babies and children.


Car seat confusion? There’s an app for that

Forward-facing, rear-facing, seat-belt placing…car seat safety can get very confusing. And the statistics back that up.

According to the  American Automobile Association (AAA),  four out of five car seats are used incorrectly. Read more on the five tragic mistakes parents and caregivers make when using vehicle safety seats.

Choosing and using the right car seat drastically reduces a child’s risk of injury or death. So the Injury Prevention team at Phoenix Children’s Hospital developed an app they hope will simplify the process.

The Car Seat Helper lets parents, healthcare professionals and caregivers know what to look for in a car seat or booster seat.  It also provides links  to local resources that can help with proper installation of a seat. Videos and car seat facts are included, too.

Download the app from iTunes here.

Download for Android here.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital to expand in Southwest Valley

Phoenix Children’s Hospital is set to build a satellite location in the West Valley to complement existing pediatric care in the community with specialty care.

Comprehensive radiology, diagnostics and laboratory services – as well as urgent-care services offered on evenings and weekends –will be provided at the McDowell Road and Avondale Boulevard location.

Salt River Project will contribute $150,000 to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation over a five year period to support the construction.

“We are so pleased that SRP has chosen to support our mission to bring pediatric specialty and urgent care to the growing population of children in the Southwest Valley,” said Karny Stefan of PCH Foundation. “This gift provides the foundation for our fundraising efforts and gets us one step closer to serving the children and youth who need us most.”

Access to appropriate health services in communities SRP serves with water and electricity is important to community growth and vitality, said SRP Community Outreach Manager Karen Fisch.

The PCH Foundation will need to raise $8 million to begin the first phase of construction. Phoenix Children’s recently expanded the central Phoenix Campus with an eleven-story tower that allowed the hospital to grow from 345 beds to 465 beds and on to 625 when the full build-out is completed in 2013.