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August 2016
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
 
Lunch 101: How to pack a healthy lunch
 
 
 
   

It’s hard to believe that summer is over, and kids are heading back to school. Check out these tips for packing a healthy lunch:

Step one
Start with a main course. Options such as turkey pita pockets, chicken salad sandwiches, quesadillas, wraps, tuna salad and crackers, and chili are healthy main course options. Be sure to use 100 percent whole grain breads and wraps and low-sodium deli meats. Don’t be afraid to try hummus, avocado, or plain Greek yogurt in place of mayo.

Step two
Don’t forget the fruits and veggies! Kids need two to three servings of fruit and veggies each day. Apple slices, oranges, grapes, watermelon, cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, bell pepper strips, and broccoli are all great options. Include one from each food group, and be sure to pack new options for your kids to try. Include a nut butter or hummus for dipping.

 
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Car seat safety
Written by Kristie Kaufman, MD, pediatrics, Mount Nittany Physician Group
 
   
Kristie Kaufman, MD, pediatrics, Mount Nittany Physician Group

Having a baby is an incredible experience, but you’ll find that there are so many new decisions you must make as a parent. One of those important decisions is the type of car seat you’ll use for your little one.

The type of car seat you choose should be based on your child’s age and size. There are also seats that are considered all-in-one, which can change from rear-facing to forward-facing, and also convert into a booster seat when appropriate.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently signed into law new legislation that states a child under two must be securely fastened in a rear-facing child passenger restraint system, "which is to be used until the child outgrows the maximum weight and limits designated by the manufacturer," according to information from the governor's office.

 
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Trampoline park-related injuries on the rise
 
 
 
   

A recent study published in the September 2016 issue of Pediatrics uncovered an alarming statistic: The number of trampoline park injury-related emergency department visits rose from 581 in 2010 to 6,932 in 2014.

A trampoline park is typically an indoor facility that has trampolines covering the floor and walls. While the number of trampoline park injuries accounted for only 11 percent of all trampoline-related injuries, the trampoline park injuries tended to be more severe injuries, such as fractures and dislocations. Interestingly, the number of head-related injuries or concussions was lower compared to home-related trampoline injuries.

 
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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: Smocked Threads by Cecil & Lou children’s nightgowns

Hazard: The nightgowns fail to meet federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injuries to children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: This recall involves girl’s Smocked Threads by Cecil & Lou 100 percent cotton tunic nightgowns. They were sold in a pink and white-checkered pattern with white piping trim in sizes 12 months to 8. The nightgowns have buttons on the center front and on each cuff at the wrist and a pocket on the left side of the chest. “C&L Smocked Threads by Cecil and Lou” is printed on a neck label.

 
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