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December 2017
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
5 tips to help kids cope with holiday stress

The holiday season is a joyful time of year, but it can also be stressful kids due to changes in their normal routines. Here are a few tips to help your kids cope and enjoy the holiday season.

Stick to your child’s normal routine as best as possible. This includes sleep and eating schedules. Keeping your routine can help for better planning and reduce stress.

Give back to the community. Make it a holiday tradition to share your time and talents with those less fortunate.

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New location for Mount Nittany Physician Group Saturday clinics

Effective January 6, 2018, all Mount Nittany Physician Group “primary care” (family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics) Saturday visits as well as all Mount Nittany Health outpatient walk-in lab and imaging Saturday services will be held at Mount Nittany Health – Park Avenue, suite 201.

The new Saturday Acute Clinic at Park Avenue will provide walk-in acute care services for current Mount Nittany Physician Group Family Medicine and Internal Medicine patients. Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics Saturday appointments (for acute visits) also will be scheduled at the new Saturday Acute Clinic. Times of operation for the clinic are 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. Additionally, imaging will be open from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm and lab will be open from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm.

With this change, the following locations will no longer offer Saturday appointments/visits:

  • Mount Nittany Health – Blue Course Drive (internal medicine, lab and imaging)
  • Mount Nittany Health – Boalsburg (pediatrics)
  • Mount Nittany Health – Penns Valley (family medicine and lab)

For more information, visit

Decoding symptoms: cold versus flu

Cold and seasonal flu symptoms often seem the same. Use the information below to help you and your family fight cold and flu season.

The common cold, which is caused by a virus, typically presents with the following symptoms:

  • Sore throat
  • Coughing with mucus
  • Stuffy nose
  • Headache
  • Minor aches/pains
  • Fatigue
  • Sneezing
  • Possible mild fever

Cold symptoms usually start a couple of days before they become full-blown, and typically last around one to two weeks before getting better.

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Is your home childproofed?

Most people don’t realize what all needs to be done to ensure your home is childproofed. As a New Year’s resolution, check each room in your house.


  • Put a childproof lock on the medicine cabinet that holds prescription medicines, over-the counter medicines, and vitamins and supplements.
  • Keep nail polish removers, cosmetics, mouthwash, perfume and razors out of reach of children.
  • Place a knob cover on the bathtub so your children cannot turn on the water on their own.


  • Keep window blind cords out of reach by looping the cord around the top of the blinds.
  • Put a childproof lock on all cabinets and drawers.
  • Secure dressers/cabinets to the wall to prevent them from tipping over
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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: Toys “R” Us clay craft kits

Hazard: Mold can be present in the clay, posing a risk of respiratory or other infections in individuals with compromised immune systems, damaged lungs or an allergy to mold.

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