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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
The fight against vegetables
  Kids Veggies  

Do you have difficulty getting your child to eat veggies? A recent study from Leeds University suggests that the earlier children are exposed to vegetables, the more willing they are to eat them and try new foods.

Led by Professor Marion Hetherington in the Institute of Psychological Sciences, a research team exposed 332 children from the UK, France and Denmark to artichoke puree. Each child, ranging from weaning age to 38 months, was given five to 10 servings of one of three versions:

  • Basic artichoke puree
  • Artichoke puree sweetened with sugar
  • Artichoke puree with added energy (vegetable oil)

Researchers found that the type of puree given didn’t affect the amounts eaten over time and that younger subjects ate more of the puree than older subjects. This was also true for fussy eaters, who were able to consume more of a new vegetable each time they were exposed to it.

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Physical activity: Fitness for the brain
  PNTK Active  

As a parent, I know it can be hard to keep kids physically active once the school year ends. Easy access to TV, computers or tablets and video games can lead to hours spent in front of a screen.

Although it can be difficult, studies have shown a link between physical fitness and academic achievement. Most recently, research from professors at the University of Illinois suggests that children who are more physically fit have better language skills and faster electrical brain responses during reading than less-fit children.

It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics that children get at least 60 minutes of play daily. The following tips are ways to help keep your child active this summer:

  • Get your kids involved in summer camps or local recreational activities. Allow them to choose what interests them.
  • Make it a family affair! Go for a walk or play a team sport in the backyard after dinner.
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Head injuries and concussions may cause lingering symptoms
  Kids Concussions  

School is out and summer is in full swing, which means there are more opportunities for kids to spend time outside and play with their friends. While I encourage children to stay active during the summer months, there is a possibility that your child may get injured or even experience a concussion.

In a recent study from the division of emergency medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, researchers studied patients 11 to 22 years old that suffered from concussions to document the duration of symptoms in each patient.

Their findings consisted of both physical and emotional symptoms that lasted up to three weeks post-injury. The most common side effects were:

  • Irritability (lasting up to 16 days)
  • Trouble sleeping (lasting up to 16 days)
  • Frustration (lasting up to 14 days)
  • Poor concentration (lasting up to 14 days)
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Check out Mount Nittany Health on YouTube!

Check out Mount Nittany Health’s new YouTube channel.  You’ll find exclusive videos, including behind-the-scenes interviews with Mount Nittany Physician Group – Pediatrics physicians Rachel Schwab, MD and Allyson S. Huggins, MD

Visit, and make it a webpage “favorite!”



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: Lakeshore Bristle Builders® for Toddlers

Hazard: The base of the three animal figures can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: The recall includes the Bristle Builders® for Toddlers sets sold with 52 plastic pieces consisting of building pieces and three animal figures. The animal figures include a yellow duck with a purple round base, a brown horse with a blue round base and a pink pig with a round green base. The building pieces include circle, rectangle, square and triangle-shaped pieces in different colors with a green 8” by 4.5” rectangle base. Pieces are covered with plastic bristle pegs which allow all the pieces to connect.

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