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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
An almost-drowning doesn't mean you're out of the water

At the height of summer, you and your family may have already spent countless hours playing in the swimming pool, a lake, or the beach.

While you may have taken the necessary precautions to prevent drowning – teaching your children how to swim, using life jackets, keeping an eye on children while they’re swimming, receiving CPR certification, heeding warnings at the beach, and putting up barriers around pools – many are unaware of the dangers of secondary drowning.

Secondary drowning occurs when someone experiences a near-drowning incident; water is inhaled into the lungs, causing them to swell.

It can take one to 24 hours before secondary drowning symptoms show, which may include:

  • Trouble breathing or chest pain
  • Coughing
  • Sudden change in behavior
  • Fatigue or unresponsiveness
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Rise of hookah smoking among teens

In the past several years, hookah smoking has increased in popularity among teens. According to a study recently published in Pediatrics, 18 percent of students have smoked hookah, based on a survey of 5,540 high school seniors, and many believed hookah smoking was safer than smoking cigarettes.

Hookahs are water pipes used to smoke flavored tobacco and can vary in size and shape. Because smoking hookah allows for the user to absorb the nicotine and smoke from the tobacco, users may be at risk for absorbing higher levels of nicotine due to longer smoking sessions and amount of smoke inhaled with each use.

While more research is being conducted on the topic, it is important to raise awareness about the dangers of hookah smoking when talking to your child. The following tips can be helpful when discussing tobacco use and the effects of smoking:

  • Start talking to children about smoking at an early age; most kids have the opportunity to try smoking around age 11.
  • Talk to your child with an open and judgment-free attitude.
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Story time offers many benefits
  Story Time  

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, establishing routine story time with your baby can help them develop the vocabulary, literacy and cognitive abilities needed to be successful in school.

It is reported that one in three American children do not have the language skills needed to learn to read by the time they start kindergarten. Additionally, children from low-income families tend to have less vocabulary skills by the age of three than children from higher-income families.

The AAP recommends establishing a story time routine as early as newborn age. During the newborn stage, a story time routine can help strengthen the parent-baby bond through cuddling and letting them hear your voice as you read aloud.

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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: 2014 SCOTT® Speedster 30 and 40, and Contessa Speedster 25 and 35 road bicycles

Hazard: The steerer tube in the front fork can break, posing a fall hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Scott USA has received one report of a fork breaking. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves model year 2014 SCOTT men’s and women’s road bicycles, models Speedster 30, Speedster 40, Contessa Speedster 25 and Contessa Speedster 35. The bikes have the brand name “SCOTT” and the model name “Speedster” on the frame. They were sold in black and white with blue, green, purple or teal accents. The following serial number ranges are included in the recall: AS30500001–AS30504930, AS30700001–AS30704651, AS30900001–AS30903278, AS31100001–AS31103744 and AS40101604–AS40105463. The serial number is printed on a white sticker and embossed on the underside of the bicycle frame near the pedals.

Sold at: Authorized SCOTT dealers nationwide at retail and online from about August 2013 through May 2014 for between $1,000 and $1,300.

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