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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
 
Food to blame for more children choking
 
 
 
  Hard candy  

It has been known that kids can choke on foods that they regularly eat such as fruits, vegetables, candy and hot dogs; however, a recent study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) looked at just how frequently choking occurs in children, and one of the biggest culprits is food.

The study looked at food-related nonfatal choking in the United States from 2001 to 2009 for children 14 and younger. The average age of children seen for choking on food was 4 ½ years old, and almost 40 percent of choking was seen in children less than 1 year of age.

Results from the study found that more than 50 percent of choking cases were caused by the following foods:

  • Hard Candy (15.5 percent)
  • Other Candy (12.8 percent)
  • Meat (12.2 percent)
  • Bone (12 percent)

Other high-risk foods that were found to cause choking in children included hot dogs, seeds, nuts and grapes.

 
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HPV vaccine for girls and boys
 
 
 
  vaccine  

This summer, we have seen many teens with camp, sports, drivers and regular physicals, and the subject of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for boys and girls has been a regular topic of conversation.

Many people associate HPV with females, but the virus can also spread to males. HPV vaccines are available to protect both females and males against some of the most common types of HPV and the health problems associated with the virus.

All of our providers at Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics are advocates for the vaccine and have seen the benefits for both genders. For a full explanation of HPV and the vaccine and for answers to common questions, visit cdc.gov. Talk with your child’s doctor about any specific questions you have and when to determine when your child should receive the vaccination.

 
 
 

 

 
Tips for traveling with kids
 
 
 
  traveling  

Traveling with children is always an adventure. I have always believed that the benefits of showing your children different parts of the country and world outweigh the stress of taking the kids with you, as traveling can help your kids make decisions later in life on where they want to live. Here are some tips from the AAP to help make travel with kids safe and less stressful:

Traveling by Airplane

  • Talk to your child about the security screening process before you leave for the airport. Explain that he will need to walk through the metal detector and that he must put his bags in the X-ray machine – but that all of his items will come out at the other end and will be returned to him.
  • Remember that strollers can be brought through airport security and gate-checked.
  • Even though the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allows children under age two to be held on an adult’s lap, the AAP recommends that all children have their own seat. (A child is best protected when properly restrained in a car seat appropriate for their age, weight and height. Airlines typically allow families to bring a child’s car seat as extra luggage without an additional luggage expense.)
  • Bring a bag of toys and snacks to keep your children entertained during the flight.
  • To decrease ear pain, encourage your infant to nurse or suck on a bottle as the plane climbs or descends.
 
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Recent product recalls
 
 
 
  recalls  

Here are just a few of the recent product recalls announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. For the most up-to-date recall information, please visit cpsc.gov and click on the Recalls tab from the home page.

Name of product: Playmat Sets by Holgate Toys

Hazard: The wheels on the wooden vehicles can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: Holgate Toys has received one report of the wheels detaching from the body of a vehicle. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The Wegmans Playmat Set includes a 24-inch by 30-inch cotton canvas playmat and four toy wooden vehicles. The toy vehicles include a blue car, a red “Wegmans” delivery van, a green “Wegmans” farm tractor and a yellow “School Bus.” The sets were sold in a yellow box measuring about 12” by 12” with “Wegmans Playmat Set,” an age label circle with “2+” and “Made in the USA” printed on the front of the box. The UPC Code 0 7789028735 4 is printed on the back of the box.  

Sold exclusively at: Wegmans

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the wooden vehicles away from young children and return to Wegmans Food Stores for a full refund. Consumers may also contact Holgate Toys for instructions on returning the vehicles to Holgate Toys. 

Consumer contact: Contact Holgate Toys toll-free at 855.344.7488 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm ET Monday through Friday, or go online at holgatetoy.com, and click on “Product Recall” for more information.

 
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