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October 2017
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
When bullying hits home: How to identify the signs of bullying
Written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrics, Mount Nittany Physician Group
Craig Collison, MD, pediatrics, Mount Nittany Physician Group

In today’s world, bullying can take on many different forms, from verbal, physical, social, to cyber bullying. In some cases, the bullying may be made up of more than one of these components, too. The first thing you should do, as a parent, is to determine if your child is being physically harmed. If this is the case, it is your responsibility to intervene immediately.

If your child is being teased or has rumors circulating about him or her, you may want to teach your child a few tactics to help respond to the bully. Teach your son or daughter how to stay calm during a difficult situation and look the bully directly in the eye. Have your child firmly state that they do not want to be talked about like that, and that they do not like what the bully is doing. It’s also important to teach your child to know when to ask a trusted adult for help. If the problem does not resolve, you may wish to alert the school officials.

How to talk with school officials about bullying

  • Keep a written record of all bullying incidents that your child reports to you. Record the names of the children involved, where and when the bullying occurred, and what happened.
  • Immediately ask to meet with your child’s classroom teacher and explain your concerns in a friendly, nonconfrontational way.
  • Ask the teacher about his or her observations:
    • Has he or she noticed or suspected bullying?
    • How is your child getting along with others in class?
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Ask the doctor: Strength training

Hi Dr. Collison,

My 13-year-old son has recently shown interest in lifting weights. Is there a recommended age to start strength training for kids?

Strength training is a great way to build healthy muscles and strengthen joints, ligaments, tendons and bones. Strength training may also boost your son’s self-esteem and can complement other activities such as organized sports to improve performance, endurance, and help with injury prevention.

There isn’t a specific age that determines if a child or teen is ready to lift weights – the key is to determine if your son has the ability to strength train properly and safely. To assess your son’s ability, you will need to consider the following factors: 

  • Balance
  • Control
  • Posture
  • Coordination
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Ear infections: What you need to know

The term “ear infection” typically refers to middle ear infections that are caused by a viral infection or bacterial growth. When an infection occurs, fluid builds up in the middle ear and pushes on the eardrum. Kids are more susceptible to ear infections because the passages in their ears are smaller, making it easier for germs to pass into the middle ear and for fluid to get trapped.

The main symptom of an ear infection is ear pain. Your child may tell you that his or her ear hurts or may rub the ear. Additional symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Trouble eating or drinking
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fluid draining from the ear
  • Trouble hearing
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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: Pro-Tec multisport helmets

Hazard: The buckle on the helmet fails to meet current federal safety standards, posing a risk of head injury.

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