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May 2017
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
 
Recognizing the signs of mental illness
Written by Candace Good, MD, behavioral health, Mount Nittany Medical Center
 
   
Candace Good, MD, behavioral health, Mount Nittany Medical Center

Is there a teenager in your life?  Then you face the challenging task of sifting through typical behaviors and signs that your adolescents may be suffering more than growing pains but facing very real mental health challenges. It is important that all adults with young people in their lives are aware of signs and symptoms of mental illness, including depression and how these, manifest in younger individuals.

Concerning signs and symptoms per the National Alliance on Mental Illness are:

  • Excessive worrying or fear
  • Feeling excessively sad or low
  • Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
  • Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria
  • Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger
  • Avoiding friends and social activities
 
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Ask the pediatrician: How much spit-up is too much?
 
 
 
   

Hi Dr. C,

My two-month-old son spits up after almost all of his feedings. The amount of spit-up varies each time and I’m worried that something is wrong. Can you tell me if this is normal?

It can be concerning if your baby spits up after every feeding, but is a normal occurrence because of their immature digestive tracts. More often than not, spit-up is caused by mild gastroesophageal reflux and will become less frequent as your son grows. Additionally, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How is your son positioned when you feed him?
  • How hungry is your son when he eats?
  • Is your son overeating?
 
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The facts on speech and language disorders
Written byy Janet Pennington, MS, CCC, speech-language pathologist, rehabiliation services, Mount Nittany Medical Center
 
   
Janet Pennington, MS, CCC, speech-language pathologist, rehabilitation services, Mount Nittany Medical Center

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association recognizes May as Better Speech and Hearing Month. Speech and language disorders affect one’s ability to talk, understand, read and write. Such disorders have different causes, and may range from a few speech sound errors, repetitions of sounds or words, to a total loss of the ability to use speech to communicate effectively.

The prevalence of speech sound disorders in young children is 8 to 9 percent. By the first grade, roughly 5 percent of children have noticeable speech disorders, and the majority of these speech disorders have no known cause.

  • Between 6 and 8 million people in the United States have some form of language impairment.
  • About 1 million persons in the United States have aphasia (partial or complete impairment of language comprehension and expression caused by brain damage, most often from stroke).
  • It is estimated that more than 3 million Americans stutter.
 
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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.

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently recalled Graco My Ride 65 convertible child restraints made by Graco Children’s Products Inc. Graco will notified owners, and dealers will provide consumers with replacement harnesses, free of charge. For more details, visit the NHTSA website.

 

Name of product: Razor RipStik electric motorized caster boards

Hazard: The rear wheel can stop rotating and lock up while in use, posing a fall hazard.

 
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