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November 2018
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
Is my child too sick to go to school?
Written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrics, Mount Nittany Physician Group
Craig Collison, MD, pediatrics, Mount Nittany Physician Group

It’s not uncommon for children to have a half dozen colds or illnesses throughout the school year, but as a parent, knowing when to keep your kids home can be tricky.

While it’s ultimately a decision that should be made on a case-by-case basis, there are a few scenarios in which a child should NOT go to school:

  1. Fever: Children with fevers greater than 100.4 degrees should not go to school. Once your child has a fever, he or she should be fever-free for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
  2. Vomiting: Children who are vomiting should not go to school. Your child can go back to school when he or she has not vomited for at least 24 hours.
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American Academy of Pediatrics update on sport-related concussions

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an estimated 1.1 million to 1.9 million U.S. children and teens are treated for a recreational or sport-related concussion every year.

Recently, the AAP cited the latest research into the incidence and treatment of these injuries in the report, “Sport-Related Concussion in Children and Adolescents,” in the November issue of Pediatrics. Research has shown that sports-related concussions remain common in nearly all sports at, all levels and the most incidents occur in boys’ tackle football and girls’ soccer, followed by other high-contact sports.

Over the last few years, guidance on treatment and recovery of injured players has evolved. The AAP report discusses the latest research on recommendations, which now call for reducing – but not eliminating – a return to some physical and cognitive activity in the days following a concussion.

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Healthy habits: Five tips for healthy choices during the holiday season
  PNTK Holiday Eating  

The holiday season is upon us and can make it difficult to maintain the healthy eating habits that your child may have established earlier in the year. On average, people gain about 1 to 3 pounds during the six weeks from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Extra pounds can add up over time and eventually lead to health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, increase in blood sugar, diabetes and more.

If your child reverts to unhealthy eating habits during the holidays, it can be challenging to get back to good food choices again in the new year. Making sure that you and your child continue to practice healthy behaviors throughout the holidays will help to establish healthier choices year-round. Follow these tips to help you and your children enjoy the season in a healthy way:

  1. Keep normal eating patterns. It can be easy for your child’s routine to get off-track. If your child usually eats three meals a day and snacks, try to keep it consistent.
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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: Fantasia Accessories slap bracelets

Hazard: The slap bracelet’s metal wristband can pierce the protective fabric around it and expose sharp edges, posing a laceration hazard to young children.

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