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July 2016
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
 
Can Pokémon GO make you healthier?
 
 
 
   

The Pokémon GO phenomenon has been sweeping the nation, even right here in Centre County. If you aren’t sure what Pokémon GO is, it is a smartphone game that uses a player’s location to catch Pokémon, which stands for pocket monsters, and is based off the popular video game from the late 1990s. It’s not hard to go for a walk in the park or drive down the street and see players walking around with their smartphones in front of them. With all of the screen-time limitations that parents are warned about, should you let your child play the game?

It’s hard to deny one overwhelming positive of the game – millions of players are spending more time being physically and socially active.

 
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A whole new world: Helping your teen transition to life after high school
 
 
 
   

For most kids, summer means more time for playing with friends, sleeping in, and no thoughts of homework until September. But for the “kids” who graduated from high school in June, this summer is a time of preparation for life in what may seem like a different world.

Whether your teen is heading off to college or has plans to join the workforce, the summer after high school graduation is a great opportunity to reinforce and fine tune the skills and independence he or she has most likely been working up to at this point.

 
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Ask the pediatrician: Bedwetting
 
 
 
   

Hi Dr. C.,

My five-year-old daughter has been potty-trained since she was three years old, but she still has accidents at night. She is starting kindergarten in the fall, and I’m worried that her nighttime accidents will get in the way of spending the night at a friend’s house. How can I help her break this habit?

Bedwetting is not as uncommon as you may think. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), close to five million kids in the United States wet the bed. The reasons for bedwetting can vary for each child, but mainly consist of the following:

  • Your daughter is a sound sleeper, and doesn’t wake up easily
  • Your daughter’s body makes too much urine at night
  • Your daughter’s bladder may be small and unable to hold urine for a full night
 
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Recent product recalls
 
 
 
   

Here are recent product recalls announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). 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: IKEA children’s and adult chests and dressers

Hazard: The recalled chests and dressers are unstable if they are not properly anchored to the wall, posing a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or injuries to children.

Description: WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with IKEA North America, of Conshohocken, Pa., is announcing the recall of all chests and dressers that do not comply with the performance requirements of the U.S. voluntary industry standard (ASTM F2057-14).  The recalled children’s chests and dressers are taller than 23.5 inches and adult chests and dressers are taller than 29.5 inches.  The 29 million units of recalled chests and dressers include: MALM 3-drawer, 4-drawer, 5-drawer and three 6-drawer models and other children’s and adult chests and dressers.  The recalled chests and dressers are unstable if they are not properly anchored to the wall, posing a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or serious injuries to children.

 
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