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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
The dangers of e-cigarettes and kids

People typically consider smoking tobacco a dangerous habit; however, another issue with smoking that you may not have thought about is the potential danger of e-cigarettes. 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. Although e-cigarettes can be beneficial to adults who are trying to stop smoking tobacco products, the product can be very dangerous to children.

Children can be enticed by flavors like bubblegum and cola and can consume the liquid nicotine by drinking it or licking the containers. Since children are curious, they can also be intrigued to take the product a part if it’s in their reach. Nicotine can be absorbed even if it just gets on your child’s skin. If ingested, the liquid nicotine of e-cigarettes can give children a harmful or even deadly dose of nicotine.

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Maintaining safe high chair habits
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Parents put their children in high chairs so they can safely eat or sit at the table; however, a new study published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics found that U.S. emergency rooms treat about 9,500 high chair injuries each year. The injuries typically involved children falling because of either standing or climbing in the high chair. The study found that six out of 10 children experienced a head or neck injury after falling from a high chair, and three out of 10 children experienced an injury to the face.

Supervision is the key. Kids can’t be left unsupervised or only partially supervised in a high chair; otherwise accidents are bound to happen. Don’t assume your child will be fine alone in a high chair. Leave it to a child to figure out how to get out of something that is high off the floor. Instead, take the child out of the high chair and let him or her play on the floor rather than three feet above it.

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The need to monitor your child's caffeine intake
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Is your child regularly consuming caffeine? Approximately 73 percent of children and adolescents consume caffeine on a daily basis, according to a new study from a team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that was published in the journal Pediatrics.

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that healthy adults can consume up to 400 mg – about three to five cups – of caffeine a day and generally not experience any negative side effects, it has not set caffeine recommendations for children and adolescents. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend caffeine for children at any level, but many are using it.

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Trying to understand child abuse
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Approximately 3.5 million cases of child abuse, including physical and sexual abuse, are reported in the United States each year. It can be hard to understand how this horrible act could happen to any child, let alone to this magnitude.

While prevention is ideal, we know that abuse of children is a permanent part of our society – making it necessary to look out for signs of trouble. Children can react to sexual and physical abuse in different ways, depending on the situation and the child. Some of the signs of child abuse can include acting out in an inappropriate, sexual way with toys or objects; withdrawal in social activities; unexplainable fear of particular places or people; mood swings; outbursts or anger; and physical signs like bruising and broken bones.

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New walk-in services available at Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics

Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics now offers walk-in services, a new, convenient option for busy parents.

Walk-ins* are welcome at the Mount Nittany Health – Boalsburg location, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 – 11:00 am, for current pediatric patients experiencing fever, ear pain/infection, pink eye or flu/cold symptoms.

Mount Nittany Health is committed to making people healthier by providing accessible, quality care. With more than 100 providers, 20 specialties and 15 locations, Mount Nittany Physician Group specializes in providing personalized care for every stage of life. Learn more today at

*Note: Walk-in services should not be used in place of traditional appointments; rather, these services are meant as a hassle-free option for when children become sick unexpectedly. 



Recent product recalls

Here are recent product recalls announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. For the most up-to-date recall information, please visit and click on the Recalls tab from the home page.

Name of product: BebeLove™ Baby Walkers

Hazard: The walkers failed to meet federal safety standards. Specifically, style number 358 can fit through a standard doorway and is not designed to stop at the edge of a step as required by the federal safety standard. In addition, style number 368 contains leg openings that allow the child to slip down until the child’s head can become entrapped at the neck. Babies using these walkers can be seriously injured or killed.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: The recall includes all BebeLove walkers that were sold for babies age six months or older. The walkers contain a plastic-covered, foam padded seat with a plastic base and toy tray. Model 358 walkers have a green, pink or orange musical tray with a white toy bar and solid colored seats in either pink, blue or green. Model 368 walkers have a green, pink or white musical tray with a yellow toy bar and printed patterned seats in blue, pink or purple. Both models have white stoppers on the bottom of the base of the walker and model numbers printed on a label on the rear bottom inside of the base. BEBELOVE" is printed on a label on the seat back and on the base of the walkers.

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