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September 2018
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
Why your child (and you) should get a flu shot

Many do not realize, but the flu can be a very serious illness. As a parent, the best thing you can do to protect your child from getting the flu is to get them (and yourself) vaccinated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children younger than age five are at high risk of serious flu-related complications such as pneumonia, dehydration, sinus problems and more.

This flu season, there are two types of influenza vaccines available – the flu shot or the FluMist nasal spray. The vaccine is recommended for those who are six months and older, and the nasal spray is approved for those age two through 49. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics reports there is not enough new information to be confident that this season’s nasal spray flu vaccine will work as well as the flu shot to protect children. Consult your child’s doctor on which vaccine may be right for them.

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American Academy of Pediatrics calls for ban on infant walkers

A recent study published in the September issue of Pediatrics revealed that infant walkers can pose hazardous situations to the infant. More than 230,000 children less than 15 months old were treated for infant walker-related injuries in emergency departments from 1990 to 2014.

Infant walkers are designed for use by young children (generally age 5 months to 15 months of age) before they develop the ability to walk on their own. While may parents believe walkers will help their child learn how to walk, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) position is that walkers provide no benefit and can even delay learning how to walk.

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Ask the pediatrician: What are sleep terrors?

Hi Dr. C.,

I’ve woken up to my four-year-old yelling in his sleep several nights over the past month. Every time I rush in to see if he is okay, he doesn’t acknowledge that I’m in the room and doesn’t seem to hear me. Is this normal?

It sounds like your son is having night terrors. Night terrors are somewhat common for toddlers and preschoolers. Often, they do not even remember the night terror because they are not awake and can typically fall back to sleep quickly after it ends.

Signs your child may be experiencing a night terror include:

  • Kicking and thrashing around
  • Uncontrollable crying
  • Yelling or screaming
  • Confusion
  • Glassy-eyed look or stare
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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: BSN SPORTS rubber critter toys

Hazard: The orange and yellow surface paint on the rubber critter toys contains levels of lead that exceed the federal lead paint ban. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health issues.

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