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November 2016
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
Newborn care 101: Myth or fact?

Bringing your newborn home from the hospital is an exciting time. As a new parent, you may be feeling overwhelmed that you are now responsible for a tiny baby. How often should you feed your baby? Where can you take baby? Can you hold baby too much? To help you enjoy this time together, check out these common newborn care myths:

Never wake a sleeping baby. This is probably the most common myth I hear. Newborns sleep around 16 to 18 hours per day on average. During the first couple of months, your pediatrician may recommend waking baby every two to four hours for feedings to ensure that he or she gains weight properly.

Baby needs a bath everyday. Newborns do not sweat like we do. Unless they need a bath to clean up from an accident, newborns only need a bath every two or three days.

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December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month

As the holiday season is upon us, keep in mind the following tips when buying toys for children:

  • Buy toys that are age-appropriate and show your child the right way to use the toy.
  • Children under 3 years old tend to put things in their mouths. Avoid buying toys that have small parts and may pose a choking danger, especially magnets and batteries. If a toy can fit inside a toilet paper roll, it is a choking hazard.
  • Toys constructed with thin, brittle plastic may easily break into small pieces or leave jagged edges.
  • If you buy a scooter, skateboard or bicycle, make sure to buy a helmet too.
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Updated safe sleeping recommendations aims to reduce risk of SIDS

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently announced updated safe sleeping recommendations for babies up to 1 year old. According to the AAP, the updated guidelines were released to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), which is the main cause of the more than 3,500 infants deaths in the U.S. each year.

The following points are highlights from the 19 updated recommendations:

  • Room sharing: The AAP recommends that babies sleep in the same room as their parents for a minimum of six months, up to a year. Baby should be placed in a separate sleeping area such as a crib or bassinet, and should not sleep in the same bed as the parents.
  • Couches, armchairs and other soft surfaces are not safe sleeping spaces.
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Help keep children warm this winter

Mount Nittany Health is participating in Coats for Kids, sponsored by 3WZ Radio and Balfurd Cleaners.

Coats for Kids strives to collect new and gently used coats to distribute to children in need of a warm coat during the winter months. Coats of all sizes will be accepted at the following Mount Nittany Health locations through Sunday, December 11:

  • Mount Nittany Medical Center, 1800 East Park Avenue, State College
    • Main entrance
    • Ground floor (outside patient elevators)
  • Mount Nittany Health – Bellefonte, 129 and 141 Medical Park Lane, Bellefonte
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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 and click on the Recalls tab from the home page.


Name of product: LullaBelay car seat strap systems

Hazard: The carabiners attached to the strap system contain small internal parts that can become dislodged, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: This recall involves Fiddle Diddles LullaBelay adjustable car seat strap system with model number LB1001. The strap system includes two fabric straps, carabiner hardware, a mesh car seat cover and a tote bag. The carabiners are used to hang a car seat from a shopping cart. The model number is printed on the gray straps. “Fiddle Diddles” is printed on a fabric label attached to the mesh car seat cover, tote bag and fabric straps.

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