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November 2017
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
 
What you should know about antibiotics
Written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrics, Mount Nittany Physician Group
 
   
Craig Collison, MD, pediatrics, Mount Nittany Physician Group

Has your sick child ever not been treated with an antibiotic after visiting the doctor? Hopefully, this is the case. Antibiotics can treat a variety of bacterial infections, however, these medications are not meant to treat viral illnesses such as colds, flu, bronchitis, or many sore throat infections.

When used unnecessarily, antibiotics can cause the emergence of resistant bacteria. The antibiotic will kill the sensitive bacteria allowing resistant, more resilient bacteria to grow. Resistant bacteria can spread to family and community members. Due to its resistance, these infections may need to be treated with more intensive intravenous antibiotics.

 
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Ask the pediatrician: Carsickness
 
 
 
   

Hi Dr. Collison,

My family will be traveling frequently during the holiday season. My eight-year-old daughter often gets sick during car rides. Do you have any tips to keep this from happening?

Carsickness is a common form of motion sickness. Motion sickness occurs when the brain receives conflicting signals from one motion-sensing part of the body, such as the inner ears, eyes and nerves in the extremities.

Symptoms include:

  • Upset stomach and/or nausea
  • Cold sweat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • Tiredness

There a few things you can do to prevent motion sickness:

  • Make frequent stops on long car rides and let your daughter out of the car so she can walk around
 
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Recognizing Seasonal Affective Disorder in kids
 
 
 
   

As the daylight hours begin to shorten, it’s easy to recognize Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in adults. Additionally, it’s important to remember that children can be vulnerable to seasonal depression.

Also called winter depression, SAD usually begins in late fall or early winter and can last until late spring. The cause of SAD is unknown. One theory is that it is related to changes in the amount of daylight. As the days shorten in the fall, the body produces more melatonin, a hormone produced in the pineal gland. Most people are not noticeably affected by this increase, but those who are sensitive to it experience the symptoms associated with SAD. Symptoms of SAD can range from mild to severe and not everyone with this disorder suffers the same symptoms. Common ones include:

  • Feelings of hopelessness and sadness
  • A change in appetite, especially a craving for sweets or starchy foods
  • Weight gain
  • Low energy
 
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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.

 

Name of product: VIV&LUL children’s pajamas

Hazard: The children’s pajamas fail to meet the flammability standard for children’s sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injuries to children.

 
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