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June 2018
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
Water safety for kids

With summer in full swing, many families will be heading to the beach, lake and pool to enjoy the hot weather. While water activities are popular for getting physical activity and have health benefits, they can also be dangerous. Many parents do not realize that young children can drown in less than two inches of water. Follow these tips for recommended precautions to keep your children safe in the water this summer.

  • Never leave children unattended in or near water, even for a moment
  • Watch out for the dangerous “toos” – too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun
  • When at the beach, be sure to teach kids to swim parallel to the shore or to tread water if they are caught in a rip current
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Study finds soda consumption down, but sports drink consumption up

A recent study published in the June issue of Pediatrics revealed that teens are consuming less soda, but drinking more sports drinks. Comparing U.S. high school students in 2010 and 2015, the percentage of students that consumed sports drinks increased from 56 percent to 57.6 percent. Interestingly, the amount of soda consumed decreased.

Sports drinks contain sugar, carbohydrates, electrolytes, and flavoring and are intended to replenish electrolytes and water lost through exercise. Most teens do not exercise hard enough to need electrolyte replenishment and the drinks add unwanted calories and sugar to their diets.  The American Academy of Pediatrics continues to recommend that water is the better beverage to drink.

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Ask the pediatrician: Separation anxiety

Hi Dr. Collison,

I am returning to work and am worried about my baby having separation anxiety. Any advice on how to help calm my unease?

Separation anxiety can affect children at several different stages in life. At four to nine months of age, babies begin to understand object permanence, and may become upset if you leave the room. Toddlers age 15 to 18 months may also display signs of separation anxiety. By the time children are about 3 years old, most understand the effect their anxiety or pleas at separation have on us. Be consistent; don’t return to the room based on a child’s plea – your ongoing consistency, explanation and diligence to return are fine.

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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: Jané Muum strollers

Hazard: The recalled strollers violate the federal Stroller and Carriage standard. An infant can pass through the opening between the stroller armrest and the seat bottom and his/her head and neck can become entrapped by the armrest, posing entrapment and strangulation hazards.

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