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First with Kids, by Dr. Lewis First

Spring allergies

With spring here, parents have been itching to ask me how they can tell the difference between an allergy and a cold — so here goes: Forty to 50 million Americans are affected by allergic diseases. Most children with colds and allergies will have noses that run. Children with allergies, ...

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Since this month is national Child Abuse Prevention Month, I thought it wouldn’t be harmful for me to talk about this most serious topic. More than one million infants and children are abused or maltreated every year in this country physically, sexually, or emotionally. The sad thing is ...

Honey and babies

Parents have been seeking some sweet advice from me as to when it is safe to introduce honey into their infant or toddler’s diet. Let me “bee” sure to provide some information on this topic. Honey is a natural sweetener, and some people think it is healthier than sugar with its ...

Toe walking

Parents have been stepping up to ask me if they should worry if their toddler tends to do a lot of walking on their toes rather than their feet. Let me try to toe the line on this interesting topic. - Important things to know - - Toe walking is when a young child walks on the balls ...

Ear infections

Recently parents have been asking me an earful of questions about why their children get so many ear infections — and if anything can be done to prevent them. Well, let me try to lend an ear on this topic by providing some guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding ...

Dental myths for babies

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. This week I’ll extract the fact from the fiction when it comes to your child’s teeth. In doing so, I hope to help you fill your dental knowledge cavity. - No teeth = no dentist? - Many parents of infants do not think their ...