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May 2018
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
How to treat seven common summer ailments

With your kids spending more time outside now that summer is around the corner, here is how you can treat common summer ailments they may experience:

  • Splinters – Superficial splinters that are pain free can be left in the skin. These splinters will eventually work their way out. For larger splinters that hurt, you’ll need a needle and pair of tweezers. First, sterilize the tools and the skin around the splinter with rubbing alcohol. Using plenty of light, and a magnifying glass if needed, use the needle to expose the end of the sliver. Then, grasp the end with the tweezers and pull the sliver out at the same angle it went in. Be sure to remove all parts of sliver, using the needle to flick out any remaining debris. Wash the area with soap and water and apply antibiotic ointment if needed.
  • Scraped knees and elbows – clean minor cuts and scrapes with cool water and unscented soaps.
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The healing power of pets
Written by David Doll, psychiatric counselor, behavioral health, Mount Nittany Medical Center
David Doll, psychiatric counselor, behavioral health, Mount Nittany Medical Center

In 1859, Florence Nightingale wrote, “A small pet is an excellent companion for the sick, the long chronic cases especially.” Recent studies and observations from health professionals agree. Many older adults are lonely, resulting in depression that can also lead to physical problems. Having a pet helps its owner focus on something other than his health concerns and negative preoccupation with loss or aging.

Research has also shown that owning a pet can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and increase social interaction and physical activity. One study at the University of Missouri-Columbia suggests hormonal changes naturally occur when humans and dogs interact. A few minutes of stroking a pet prompts a release of a number of “feel good” hormones.

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Backyard and pool safety tips

After a long winter, it’s hard to believe summer is almost here. Make sure your backyard and swimming pool areas are cleaned up so you and your family can enjoy summer weather and activities safely.

Walkways should:

  • Be well lit
  • Stay free of toys or anything blocking a clear path
  • Be level and free of cracks or missing pieces

Swing sets should:

  • Be inspected to make sure parts are free from rust, sharp edges and splinters
  • Have securely fastened parts
  • Sit on a level surface and be anchored to the ground
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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: Carter’s 3-piece penguin cardigan sets

Hazard: The cardigan’s toggle button can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.


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