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March 2019
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
Encourage kids to eat their veggies

Proper nutrition is one of the most important things to ensure your children properly develop and grow up fit and healthy. As your child grows older, he or she may become reluctant to try new foods. Try using the following tips to incorporate veggies into their diet:

  • To motivate kids, change the name of vegetables to interesting and familiar names with which they can identify (ex: broccoli are baby trees).
  • Involve your child with making dinner. Oftentimes, they will be more apt to trying new foods if they helped prepare it.
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Ask the pediatrician: Newborn weight loss

Hi Dr. C.,

Should I be concerned about the amount of weight my one-week old infant has lost? How fast will she start to gain it back?

It is normal for newborns to lose 7 to 10 percent of their weight after birth due to the extra fluid they are born with. Typically, this weight is regained within the first 2 weeks after birth. To track your baby’s weight gain, keep these questions in mind:

How often is your baby feeding? Newborns typically feed every two to four hours.

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Join in the fun from anywhere: Centre Moves Fit Families Challenge

Join Centre Moves in April for the fourth annual Centre Moves Fit Families Challenge! The community coalition dedicated to encouraging healthy habits in Centre County is once again hosting this monthlong, countywide health initiative to get people moving.

To participate, families – parents, grandparents, children, colleagues or friends – should register at, exercise at least 15 times between April 1 -30, and log workouts to be entered to win a variety of prizes.

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Playground safety tips

With the spring season upon us, kids (and parents) are ready to spend more time outside. Playing at playgrounds give kids the opportunity to build strength, coordination and confidence. To keep kids safe on the playground, keep these tips in mind:

  • Choose a playground that has safety-tested mats or materials such as rubber, sand or wood chips.
  • Make sure the equipment in the playground is properly maintained. Exposed bolts or broken and rusted equipment are hazardous.
  • Keep an eye on your kids as they play. Balance their need to be independent by guiding them towards play equipment appropriate for their age and skill level.
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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: BioTouch EZY Gel Topical Anesthetic Gel

Hazard: The package is not child resistant as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. The pain relieving gel contains lidocaine, posing a risk of poisoning to young children.


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