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June 2019
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
Tick talk: What you need to know about tick bites
Written by Jennifer Delozier, MD, internal medicine, Mount Nittany Physician Group and Xenia Kugler, RN, emergency department, Mount Nittany Medical Center
Jennifer Delozier, MD, internal medicine, Mount Nittany Physician Group and Xenia Kugler, RN, emergency department, Mount Nittany Medical Center

Recently bitten by a tick? Don’t panic! The bite itself does not spread Lyme disease. The Lyme-carrying organism actually lives in the tick’s stomach. Only after it feeds on your blood for 24 to 36 hours can it backwash the disease into your bloodstream. So, if you get in the daily habit of examining your skin and removing any ticks you acquired that day, you’ll be fine.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you should follow these steps if you have experienced a tick bite:

  • To remove the tick, use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible. Avoid folklore remedies like nail polish, petroleum jelly, or heat to make the tick detach from the skin.
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Craig Collison, MD, to see pediatric patients at Mount Nittany Physician Group Family Medicine in Penns Valley
Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician, Mount Nittany Physician Group Family Medicine

Mount Nittany Health is pleased to announce that Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician, will begin seeing pediatric patients at the Mount Nittany Physician Group Family Medicine practice at the Mount Nittany Health – Penns Valley location, 3631 Penns Valley Road, Spring Mills, effective August 1, 2019.

Adding a pediatrician to the family medicine practice will improve access to pediatric care in the Penns Valley area, making quality healthcare available to patients where it’s convenient to them.

An active resident of the Penns Valley community, Dr. Collison looks forward to bringing his expertise, care and compassion to his hometown. Appointments to see Dr. Collison in Penns Valley can be made by calling 814.422.8873 or toll-free at 844.278.4600. Appointments can also be made through the Mount Nittany Health patient portal by visiting

For more information about Mount Nittany Health’s mission to make people healthier, including services offered at our 16 Physician Group locations, visit

Swim safely this summer

Swimming is a fun, active and healthy way to spend leisure time, or a great outdoor activity with your family. Make safety a priority by following the tips below:

  • Always supervise children who are in or near the water. An adult should pay constant attention and put away distractions such as cell phones and other activities.
  • Consider enrolling your child in swim lessons. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends starting lessons at age 1 as a safety measure to prevent drowning.
  • Completely fence in swimming pools with self-closing and self-latching gates. For additional protection, install alarms on doors leading to the pool area and in-water alarms.
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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: American Apparel children’s sleep sack

Hazard: The children’s sleep sacks fail to meet the flammability standard for children’s sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injuries to children.

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