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May 2019
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
Do I need to take my child to the emergency department?

As a parent, it’s always best to err on the side of caution when your child is sick or injured. Most of the time it is easy to determine whether you may need to take a trip to the emergency department:

  • Sprained or broken bones
  • Severe burns
  • Poisonings or venomous bites/stings
  • Worsening of chronic illness
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Head injury
  • Severe vomiting or coughing up blood
  • High fever, especially in young children

But for those gray-area situations, keep your ABCD’s in mind:

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Measles prevention: Preparing for international travel

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. The disease is spread through the air and can easily be contracted by being in the vicinity of an infected person who is coughing and sneezing.

Vaccination MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine is a two-shot series, usually given during early childhood. A child should receive the first shot when he or she is between 12 to 15 months, and the second when he or she is between four to six years of age.

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Ask the pediatrician: peanut allergy

Dr. Collison,

What are the current age guidelines for introducing peanuts? My babysitter apparently gave my 13-month-old some peanut butter today - no reaction thankfully but I would love some tips I could pass on. Thanks!

This is a good question. Until recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended delaying the introduction of peanut products to possibly prevent the development of allergic reactions. Now, the latest guidelines from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases recommends dividing babies into three groups:

  • Babies with severe eczema and/or egg allergy. Those that fall within this category should be tested for peanut allergy. If an allergy is present, the recommendation is to introduce peanut products between four and six months.
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Eight hiking tips for safe family outings

Pennsylvania offers a wealth of hiking trails for its residents, and summer is great time to get outside and go exploring as a family. To plan a safe hiking experience, keep the following tips in mind.

  • Plan ahead by checking maps and weather forecasts and researching trails. Pick an easier trail that isn’t too strenuous if you’re just starting to hike.
  • Never hike alone and always tell someone where you plan to hike and when you’ll be back.
  • Bring snacks and extra liquids. Never drink from a stream without filtering the water first.
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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: Flying Tiger Copenhagen toy train

Hazard: The steam dome on the toy train’s engine car can come loose, posing a choking hazard

Sold At: Flying Tiger Copenhagen stores nationwide from November 2018 through March 2019 for about $2.

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