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September 2019
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
What to know about the vaping-related lung illness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified more than 800 cases of a vaping-related lung illness, with38 percent of these cases involving people under 21 years of age. While the investigation has not identified a specific substance that is causing the illness, all of the patients have a history of vaping or e-cigarette use. Additionally, some patients report using THC or CBD oils in e-cigarettes or vaping devices.

E-cigarettes, battery-operated products that contain cartridges filled with nicotine, flavor and other chemicals, are marketed as a safer way to get a nicotine fix than smoking tobacco products. In the past few years, e-cigarettes and vaping use has risen in teens and children.

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Ask the pediatrician: Children sneaking food

Hi Dr. C.,

At what age should I be worried that my child is still sneaking food? I know young children will "sneak a cookie from the cookie jar," but my 9-year-old daughter who has always struggled with weight issues is still sneaking food when I am not looking. I struggle with not wanting to push a complex on her when we discuss it. I keep healthy snack options in the house but portions are a problem. She wants lots of snacks, etc.

You are right in that this is a very challenging issue and one that is facing a big percentage of kids and parents these days. You want them to eat right and maintain a healthy weight but you don't want them obsessing about food, their weight, or to lose self-esteem. 

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Decoding symptoms: cold versus flu

The flu is caused by a respiratory virus that can spread rapidly from person to person. Flu season can begin as early as October and run as late as May. Flu symptoms include:

  • Body aches
  • Sudden fever (usually around 101 degrees or more)
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Dry cough
  • Stuffy/running nose

Some children may throw up, but vomiting is not typically a symptom of the flu. While some flu symptoms may seem similar to cold symptoms, they are often more severe and come on suddenly and last up to a week or longer. They best way to treat the flu is with rest and plenty of liquids. 

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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: Contigo kids’ cleanable water bottles

Hazard: The water bottle’s clear silicone spout can detach, posing a choking hazard to children.

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