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December 2018
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
Bonding with your baby

As a new parent, there are many things to learn. Bonding is the intense attachment that develops between parents and their baby. Some parents feel an intense attachment within the first minutes or days after their baby’s birth and for others, it may take a bit longer.

Learning how your baby bonds
It may take a while to understand your newborn and how you can establish a bond. Touch is an early language as babies respond to skin-to-skin contact. This interaction also helps with your baby’s growth and development. Eye-to-eye contact provides meaningful communication at close range. Babies also enjoy just listening to your conversations, as this can be soothing for them. While they won’t understand you, they will already know your voice and can even recognize a smile.

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What to know about RSV
Written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrics, Mount Nittany Physician Group
Craig Collison, MD, pediatrics, Mount Nittany Physician Group

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a virus that causes the common cold in adults and older children. Young children are especially susceptible to RSV, and will have had it at least once by the time they are two.

RSV spreads very quickly, especially in daycares or schools. Being near someone with RSV that coughs, sneezes or blows his or her nose can transmit the virus. You can also get it by shaking hands, kissing or touching someone that is infected, especially if you touch your eyes, nose or mouth after contact. Symptoms usually appear four to six days after exposure and include:

  • Runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Fever
  • Lack of appetite

Because RSV is a virus, it cannot be treated with antibiotics.

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Keeping kids active during the winter season

With short days and cold temperatures, it’s hard not to long for the days of summer when the kids can go out and play all evening. Here’s how your family can stay active during the winter season:

  • Have a dance party! Turn up the tunes and bust out your favorite moves.
  • Play interactive video games that allow for players to move and jump around.
  • Sign up for inside activities such as martial arts or indoor swimming lessons at the local YMCA or youth center.
  • Train as a family for a winter 5K
  • You can still play outside! Be sure to wear the appropriate clothing such as mittens, hat, and scarf to protect against the colder temperatures.
  • If you have space, set up a place to keep active in your home where kids can set up games like hopscotch, inside hockey, or more.
  • Invent your own game! Use items around the house and your imagination to create an obstacle course or other game to keep the whole family moving.
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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: Restoration Hardware metal-wrapped coffee tables

Hazard: The tables’ metal top can contain lead and presents a risk of lead exposure to children. Lead is toxic if ingested and can cause adverse health effects.

Sold At: RH Galleries and outlet stores nationwide and online at from August 2013 through December 2017 for between $1,900 and $2,600.

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