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March 2017
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
How to prepare your child for a new baby

Bringing a new baby into your family is an exciting time. If you have an older child, the experience of bringing your new baby home may be different from the first time. Along with focusing on caring for your newborn and taking time to heal, you also need to care for your older child and make sure he or she adjusts to a new routine.

It’s not uncommon for older children to act out, become jealous, or even regress in their behavior. To help make this transition time easier, there are steps you can take to prepare your oldest child for his or her new role as a big brother or sister.

During your pregnancy:

  • Use your judgment to decide when to tell your older child about the new baby. If he or she is under 4 years of age, he or she might not understand the significance of a new baby brother or sister.
  • Read age-appropriate books about babies and becoming a sibling. Using words like “brother” or “sister,” and providing examples, can help him or her understand his or her exciting new role as an older sibling.
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Study indicates steady rise in pediatric ACL tears

A recent study published in the March 2017 issue of Pediatrics found that the number of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears in pediatric patients has risen 2.3 percent each year over the past 20 years.

According to the study, which looked at pediatric patients aged six to 18 years of age, female patients are four to six times more likely to experience an ACL injury than male patients. Additionally, ACL injuries peaked in females at age 16, whereas ACL injuries peaked in males at 17 years of age.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep your child safer while playing sports. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends specific types of training, specifically plyometric and strengthening exercises, that can reduce the risk of an ACL injury by as much as 72 percent, especially among young women.

Ask the pediatrician: How often should I take my child to the doctor?

Hi Dr. C.,

How often do you recommend taking children to the doctor? My eight-year-old son last went to the doctor about a year ago when he had the flu.

Unless your son is sick, you may not feel like he needs to go to the doctor. However, I highly recommend that your son go to the doctor once a year for a well-child visit. A well-child visit can provide key insights to your son’s health and keep him on the right track into adulthood.

  • Growth – Well-child care allows your pediatrician to assess the growth of your child and determine if there are any abnormalities. Appropriate assessment and treatment can happen if there are issues. Lacking well-child care results in missing specific opportunities for intervention during a particular phase of your child’s growth.
  • Development – Watching your child develop in multiple areas including speech, fine motor and gross motor skills, and social interaction is a huge priority through the early years. Well-child care is the best chance to keep track of young children’s development so that any delays can be found and appropriate therapies are put in place.
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Join in the fun from anywhere: Centre Moves Fit Families Challenge

Join Centre Moves in April for the second annual Centre Moves Fit Families Challenge! The community coalition dedicated to encouraging healthy habits in Centre County is once again hosting this monthlong, countywide health initiative to get people moving.

To participate, families – parents, grandparents, children, colleagues or friends – should register at, exercise at least 15 times between April 1 -30, and log workouts to be entered to win a variety of prizes. Grand prize items, generously donated by area businesses, include a one-year Centre County YMCA family membership, $1,200 in vouchers for one adult and one youth bike sponsored by the Bicycle Shop and the Bestwick Foundation, a nutrition consultation with One on One Fitness registered dietitian, Paige Whitmire, and a State College Spikes gift package.

There’s no time or activity requirement for workouts, and exercise can be tracked online at

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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: S. R. Smith Helix pool slides

Hazard: A child can fall off the side of the slide before reaching the pool entry point, posing a fall hazard that can result in serious injury.

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