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First with Kids, by Dr. Lewis First

Pesky insect bite protection

With summer here, parents are bugging me about how to protect their children and themselves from those bothersome mosquitoes and other summer insects. I’ll bite into this problem and provide a few solutions that hopefully will not sting. - Natural ways to avoid being bitten - - Avoid ...

Drying up concerns about your child’s bedwetting

Parents have been quietly leaking information to me about their child’s nighttime bedwetting. This week, let me see if I can provide some information on the topic of bedwetting that will soak in, or should I say sink in, and make you more comfortable with the problem should it be occurring in ...

How vegetarian diets can be healthy for children

Parents who are vegetarians frequently wonder whether a vegetarian diet is a healthy one for children. Let me get to the root of the matter and plant a few ideas with you on this topic. - Do your homework - The key word in planning any diet for children is growth. Studies show ...

Developing an appreciation for diversity

Parents have been anything but prejudicial in asking me recently about what they can do to ensure their children grow up with an appreciation of diversity in others. Well, let me provide an unbiased look at this important topic. Appreciating diversity means being open and respectful of the ...

Cracking the problem of peanut allergy

Recently I have found parents shell-shocked to ask me questions about peanut allergies. Humorous puns aside, peanut allergies are serious, so let me shell out some information on this topic. How widespread is peanut allergy? About 2% of children in the United States are allergic to ...

ABCs of kindergarten readiness

With back to school season right around the corner, parents of 5-year-olds often ask me whether their child is really ready to enter kindergarten or if they should wait another year to give them a better start. There is no uniform time or standard by which a child should be considered for ...