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March 2018
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
The sweet stuff: Sugar consumption and kids

Regular consumption of foods and drinks high in added sugars can lead to high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes, which increase the risk of heart disease. Added sugars are any sugars – including table sugar, fructose and honey – used in processing and preparing foods or beverages, added to foods at the table, or eaten separately. Children and teens should consume less than six teaspoons of added sugars a day, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

The AHA notes that, according to the National Cancer Institute and National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, children as young as 1 to 3 years old exceed daily recommendations and consume about 12 teaspoons of added sugars per day.

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Ask the pediatrician: When to start solid foods

Hi Dr. Collison,

When do you recommend I start my baby on solid foods?

Rice, oatmeal, cereal. What food will be on the menu for your baby’s first solid meal? You may have a plan or feel confused because you received too much advice from family and friends with different opinions. Here are some helpful tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help you prepare for starting your baby on solid foods.

  • Can he hold his head up? Your baby should be able to sit in a high chair, a feeding seat, or an infant seat with good head control.
  • Is he big enough? Most babies start solids around 5 or 6 months of age, and when they weigh about 13 pounds or more, they may be ready for solid foods.
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Get moving with the Fit Families Challenge!

Join Centre Moves, a community coalition dedicated to encouraging healthy habits in Centre County, for the third annual Centre Moves Fit Families Challenge!
The Centre Moves Fit Families Challenge is a month long, countywide community challenge to get people moving. Just exercise at least 15 times in the month of April and log your workouts to be entered to win prizes! There’s no time or activity requirement — as long as you’re moving it counts.

Registration for the challenge is now open at and exercise tracking begins April 1.

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Sprains versus breaks in kids: how to tell if it’s a broken bone or just a sprain
Written by Caryl Waite, PA-C, pediatrics, Mount Nittany Physician Group
Caryl Waite, PA-C, pediatrics, Mount Nittany Physician Group

Sprains and broken bones happen to kids all year round. Whether an injury occurs from tree climbing or from a fall while running across a slippery driveway, unless you are blessed with the powers of Superman and his X-ray vision, you won't be able to determine whether it’s a broken bone or if it is just a sprain. That being said, there are many clues that can help steer you toward a probable diagnosis.

  1. Location: Pain and swelling that occur in the middle region of a bone (away from either joint) are more likely to indicate some type of break. Pain and swelling at a joint can be either a fracture (break) or a soft-tissue sprain.
  2. Deformity: Any sign of change from the normal anatomic structure of a body part is a clear sign of fracture or dislocation.
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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: PL Sleep Children’s Sleepwear children’s nightgowns

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

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