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December 2016
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
Winter car seat safety tips

It certainly has been chilly in our region lately. With winter just beginning, it is almost certain that we have more cold weather ahead of us. Make sure your child is safe and warm in his or her car seat with these tips:

  • Take your child’s winter jacket off before securing him or her in the car seat. The bulkiness of winter clothing can flatten from the force of a car crash, causing extra room between your child and the car seat, and leading to the possibility that your child will slip through the straps.
  • To keep your child warm, dress him or her in fitted, light layers. After your child is securely strapped into the car seat, you may place a winter jacket or blanket over the car seat straps.
  • Keeping the carrier portion of a car seat in the house instead of the car will reduce the loss of your child’s body heat.
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New Year’s resolutions the whole family can enjoy

It’s that time of year where we start to reflect on the previous year and think about how we can make the upcoming New Year even better. If you’re like most adults I know, your resolutions include health-related goals such as lose weight, exercise more or quitting smoking, which are all great goals.

New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for adults and can help children form healthy habits at a young age. Check out the ideas below or see if your kids can come up with a goal on their own.

Resolutions for toddlers:

  • Become potty trained
  • Put away toys when he or she is done playing with them
  • Wash hands after going to bathroom and before each meal or snack
  • Try a new vegetable or fruit once a month

Resolutions for kids aged five to 12:

  • Learn a new sport or activity, such as soccer or riding a bike
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Ask the pediatrics: Antibiotics and immunizations

Hi Dr. C.,

I’m scheduled to take my daughter to the doctor for her 18-month check up in a few days. She is currently on an antibiotic to treat an ear infection. Is it OK for her to get her immunizations or should I wait until she is done taking the antibiotic?

I recommend that you still take her to her appointment so she stays on schedule with her immunizations. Children who take antibiotics for minor illnesses, like an ear infection, can still get vaccinated. The antibiotics typically do not interfere with the ingredients in a vaccine or cause a bad reaction.

If she develops a fever before her appointment, I suggest waiting until your daughter feels better. This way symptoms from her illness won’t be confused for a side effect from the vaccine, if she has any at all. Of course, you can always talk with your daughter’s doctor if you have any additional questions about the safety of the vaccine.

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: Lexibook® Baby Bath Seats and Chairs

Hazard: The bath seats/chairs fail to meet the federal safety standard, including requirements for stability and the bath seats can tip over while a baby is in it, posing a drowning hazard to babies.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: This recall includes all Lexibook Baby Bath Seats and Chairs. The plastic baby bath seats/chairs are intended for children 6 months and up.

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