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June 2017
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
Fun in the sun: Top 10 summer safety tips to keep your kids healthy

Summer is officially here and families will be spending more and more time outdoors gardening, taking walks and swimming. Whether you’re in your backyard or hiking in the woods, remember the following important safety tips to keep your kids healthy and happy all summer long.

  1. Use at least SPF 15 when spending time outdoors. Apply every two hours, especially after swimming, sweating or toweling off. Try to avoid the midday hours when the sun is most intense and use clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays to prevent sunburns. Infants should be kept out of the sun entirely.
  2. Avoid spending time outdoors in the early morning and early evening hours when insects are most active, and use an insect repellant with 10 to 30 percent DEET on kids 2 months and older. To prevent tick bites, avoid tall grass and piles of leaves. If you cannot do that, wear long-sleeved shirts and tuck the ends of pants into socks. Always check your child’s head, back, armpits and ears for ticks after playing outside.
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AAP issues updated guidelines for fruit juice

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently issued updated recommendations in the June issue of Pediatrics that fruit juice should not be given to children under one year of age. The new recommendations take in to consideration the high sugar content of juice and the rising rates of obesity in children and concerns for children’s dental health.

After one year of age, the AAP recommends the following guidelines:

  • Children ages one to three should have no more than 4 ounces of juice per day.
  • Children ages four to six should have no more than 4 to 6 ounces of juice per day.
  • Children ages seven to 18 should have no more than 8 ounces of juice per day or 1 cup of the recommended 2 to 2 ½ cups of fruit servings per day.
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Learning from the past: Outdated parenting tips

A recent study from Northwell Health found that a majority of grandparents still believe in outdated caretaking practices from 20 to 30 years ago. Now is a great time to remind grandparents and other family members on best practices for common caretaking situations.

  • Back to sleep: Always put baby to sleep on his or her back to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). And while it’s easy to think pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals can be comforting to baby, baby should be placed on a mattress in a safety-approved crib covered by a fitting sheet.
  • Car seat safety: We’ve come a long way in the car seat safety department. Your child should be placed in the proper car seat for his or her age and weight. Children under two must be securely fastened in a rear-facing child passenger restraint system.
  • Burn treatment: Using butter to treat burns is a common old wives tale. But did you know that putting butter on a burn keeps the skin from cooling and can make the injury worse?
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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.


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.

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