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First with Kids, by Dr. Lewis First

Breathe more easily dealing with breath-holding spells

Parents have been holding their breath waiting for me to tell them what to do when their young children have what we call “breath holding spells,” especially when they get angry. I don’t want anyone to get blue in the face over this topic, so let me provide some information. Breath ...

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When the bite is worse than the bark

We all enjoy being out and about as spring gets underway. And with more warm weather comes more children — and more dogs — outside in the same yard, field or just walking down the street. Believe it or not, more than 4.5 million dog bites happen each year. If you want to take the bite ...

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Holiday travel that’s a dream, not a nightmare

With the holidays approaching, I am surprised at the number of horror stories I seem to be hearing from parents about traveling over the holidays with their children. Since I don’t want parents to have travel nightmares, let me provide a few “trips” or, rather, tips to make travel with ...

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Sane holiday shopping with children

As the holiday season approaches, parents are eager for any shopping tips I can give — not in terms of gifts they might buy but in terms of taking their children shopping without a hassle. Let me see if I can “sale” through a few tips with you. First, know your child’s limits. ...

The pressing issue of peer pressure

Parents have been pressing me to give them some tips to help their children deal with peer pressure. Let me see if I can decompress some of their concerns and provide some information on this topic.Peer pressure can have both positive and negative effects on your child. If a peer of your ...