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First with Kids, by Dr. Lewis First

Managing parent stress during the pandemic

365体育网站Dealing with the coronavirus on an ongoing basis can be stressful enough. Factor in being at home with your children for the rest of the school year while still trying to get things done for your job or just keeping the house in order, and the stress multiples. In fact, when uncontrolled, a ...

Coronavirus — advice for children

Over the past few weeks, I have been providing tips for parents and other caregivers on how to help your children deal with the coronavirus. This week, I thought I’d be brave and talk directly to kids, so they in turn can be brave and help us all work to get rid of this virus. - Ask your ...

Coronavirus: staying home advice for parents and children

With the coronavirus pandemic here, parents have been keeping their distance while sending me questions about how stressful social distancing their children from other children can be for families who are now spending so much time together confined to their living space. Let me see if I can ...

Hair loss

Parents have been asking me some hair-raising questions about what to do when their children experience excessive hair loss. Well, let me see if I can comb out some information on this topic. --- What is typical and what is not Believe it or not, we all lose about 50 to 100 hairs a day ...

Color blindness

Parents have been asking me some colorful questions recently about color blindness. Well, let me see if I can share my views on this particular topic. Color blindness does not mean a person is blind. It is a deficiency in color vision that may range from a slight difficulty in telling ...

Disciplining children: suggestions and cautions

365体育网站Parents have been asking me for some advice on the best way to discipline their young children. Well, let me see if I can behave appropriately and provide some information on this topic. - Some best practices - ¯ Parents, model the behaviors you want to see in your children to teach ...

Playing safely with a dog

365体育网站With children and dogs out and about as spring approaches, something is bound to happen when the two groups encounter each other, particularly if a child provokes a dog resulting in a dog provoking a child. Believe it or not, there are over 4.5 million dog bites that occur each year. If you ...

Taking your child to the movies for the first time

Parents have been asking me some moving questions recently. What is the right age to take their young child to the movies? How can that trip be a successful one? Well, let me see if I can screen out parental concerns and shed some “lights, camera and action” on this topic! - What does ...

Toothbrushing: something to smile about

Parents often ask me a mouthful of questions on how can they get their young children to brush their teeth on a daily basis. Let me try to shed light or should I say shed some white on the topic of tooth brushing. - Why brush in the first place? - It’s important for parents to ...

The ‘terrible twos’

365体育网站Parents have been anything but terrible in asking me what they can do to help their toddler through the “terrible twos.” Let me ease everyone’s frustration about this period in a child’s life and provide some information on this topic. - It’s terribly normal - The terrible twos ...

A helpful guide to vomiting

Parents have been bringing up lots of questions about what to do when their child vomits. Let me toss out some helpful information on this topic. - Why do we vomit? - Vomiting is a way for the body to get rid of something it doesn’t like. It is a complex process coordinated by a ...

Sports safety tips

With so many children playing so many sports nowadays, parents have been competing to ask me questions about what they can do to make sure their child is as safe as possible when practicing or playing a particular sport. Let me see if I am game enough to offer some tips on this ...

‘Spot on’ information about measles

Parents have been spotting me out and about and when they do, they are asking me more and more questions about measles. To answer their questions, let me spread some information about this disease, rather than the measles virus itself. - What is it, and how does it spread? - Measles ...

Three tips to make family meals a staple in your home

Parents have been hungry to ask me what they can do to insure the health and well-being of their children. My response is family meals — that’s right, family meals — so let me give you some reasons why. - Family meals are for more than food - Studies have shown that family meals ...

Soaring through a fear for flying

365体育网站Parents have been flying up to me asking me what they can say to their children who have never been in a plane before to reduce their fear of flying. Well, fasten your seat belts and let me provide some information on this topic. - Fear of flying is very common - Studies suggest that ...

Let it snow — safely!

Oh ’tis that special season When I hope you’ll have good reason To decorate with safety in mind When it gets to be holiday time! - Yes — it’s the holidays, and what better gift can I share than a few reminders to make this the healthiest and safest of holiday seasons: ...

The best toys to buy for your young child

Recently, I unwrapped some safety tips regarding how to ensure the toys you buy your child for the holidays are safe ones. So this week, instead of talking unsafe toys, I’m game for suggesting some appropriate toys to buy for your younger child — especially in an era where digital toys are ...

Best practices for homemade baby food

Parents of infants have been feeding me lots of questions about whether it is better to buy infant food, or make their own homemade baby food. This question starts popping up when babies begin to eat solids around 6 months of age. Well, let me take a bite into those questions and provide some ...

Children and their imaginary friends

Parents of toddlers and preschoolers often ask me if it is all right for their child to be speaking to imaginary friends. I won’t usually answer until Dr. Check-Up, my imaginary pediatrician friend, gives me the advice I need to answer their question. Fortunately, he has, so here are my ...

Pinkeye: What exactly is it?

365体育网站Parents have been asking me some eye-opening questions about whether or not their child could get pinkeye. Let me see what I can tell you about this problem. --- What is pinkeye, exactly? --- Pinkeye gets its name because it describes the pink or reddish appearance of what is normally ...