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First with Kids, by Dr. Lewis First

Let’s focus on your child’s vision

Parents have been asking me to focus on what to do if they are concerned about their infant’s or child’s vision. Well, let me see what I can see and say about this topic. A newborn can see large shapes, faces and bright colors even at the time of birth. By 3 to 4 months of age, a baby ...

Talking turkey: feeling your best after the big feast

This year, as a result of the pandemic, Thanksgiving dinners may not involve as many guests and family members as you might have liked to have around the table, but parents are still cooking up a lot of questions about that Thanksgiving turkey and why everyone gets sleepy after a big ...

Scratching beneath the surface of dry skin

Parents have been itching to ask me questions about what to do for their babies and toddlers’ dry skin — especially with the cold winter season coming our way. Well, let me see if I can do more than scratch the surface on this topic. Young children tend to have thinner and more delicate ...

Say ‘yes’ to managing teen negativity

Parents have been quite positive about asking me questions regarding their teen’s negativity — so let me say yes to providing some guidance on this topic. Negativity may be a way for your teen to manage their concerns or stresses, especially during these challenging times of the pandemic. ...

A mouthful of answers about canker sores

Parents have been asking me a mouthful of questions as to whether or not their child has a canker sore and what to do about it. Well, I don’t want anyone to be sore at me about this topic, so let me provide some information. - Are they contagious? About 1 in 5 children develop a ...

Hot tips for fire prevention

Since this week is National Fire Prevention Week, parents have been hot to ask me what they should be teaching their young children should a fire occur in their home. I hope these tips get you fired up to talk with your family about the following ways to safely escape a hot situation. Avoid ...

The not-so-ugly truth about cold sores

Parents have been asking me a mouthful of questions about cold sores and what to do about them when their child gets one. Well I don’t want anyone to get sore at me, so let me provide some information on cold sores. A cold sore — or fever blister — is an unsightly, painful, small, red ...

Valuable advice for teaching kids about money

Parents have been more than just nickel-and-diming me with their questions about how to teach their children about money, how it’s earned and how it’s used. Let me try to make some cents on this important topic. - Start at age 3 - Believe it or not, you can start teaching your ...

Why adolescents need annual checkups

Parents have been checking up with me about whether they really need to bring their teenager in every year for a checkup. Well, let me examine that concern and provide some advice on this important topic since teens’ annual visits to a health care professional should occur more frequently ...

Steps for solving the problem of smelly feet

Parents have been asking me what to do about the fact that their child’s feet smell. Let me see if I can get a foot up on this topic and provide some information on smelly feet. - What causes smelly feet? - Blame bacteria that love damp places like the inside of sweaty shoes or ...

Heads-up about ice cream headaches

Parents have been asking me some painful questions about what to do when their child gets a headache, usually over their forehead after eating ice cream. Since I don’t want everyone screaming for anything but ice cream, let me provide some information on this topic. - What they ...

The cold hard truths about hot cars in summer heat

With summer here, things are heating up, especially cars left out in the sun on a hot day. Let me share some chilling information with you about the dangers of young children being left locked inside them, even for a few minutes. Believe it or not, a car left in the sun can heat up inside by ...

6 tips for keeping children safe by the water

With summer here, parents are frequently pooling their thoughts and asking me for tips on keeping their children safe when they are around pools and other bodies of water. Let me dive right in and provide some information on water safety and kids. 1. Remember, while dealing with the COVID-19 ...

Nightmares and night terrors: what are they?

Recently, I have found myself losing sleep because parents are always asking me questions about their children having nightmares and night terrors. They wonder if both are due to the coronavirus or something else. Fear not, for this week I shall tell you a bit about both of these sleep ...

More coronavirus questions from children

A few weeks ago, I did a segment answering questions from children about the coronavirus. Since then, more questions have come in. Let me try to pass the test with some helpful answers to questions and concerns from children. “Why don’t we have a pill or medicine to treat the coronavirus ...

Understanding the problem of food insecurity

The coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on all of us. This includes perhaps our physical or emotional health and the impact it has had on our financial well-being. There are many people who may not be able to afford providing three healthy meals a day for their family. We call ...

Helping teens cope

With the coronavirus still among us, one group that needs attention are our teenagers. They may not be as visibly anxious as younger children might be, but teens may still be stressed by the virus. This week I’m providing some mature advice for helping teens cope with COVID-19. First, be ...

Preventing accidental household poisonings

With children staying home right now because of the isolation necessary to defeat the coronavirus, home safety becomes a priority. Last week, I shared a number of tips to keep homes safe by preventing falls, burns and firearm injuries, but this week, I’m dosing out additional information on ...

Home safety in isolation

With the coronavirus here and children isolated at home with their parents, home safety becomes a priority. So, to prevent anyone from falling down on their job of making their homes safe for children, I thought I’d take aim at some home safety tips so everyone stays injury-free. - Fall ...

Managing child stress during the pandemic

Last week, I shared tips for parents on how to relieve the stress of spending so much time with your children at home and feeling isolated from the rest of the world. This week, I’ll focus on helping children reduce their fears and anxieties during this coronavirus pandemic. - How ...