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First with Kids, by Dr. Lewis First

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 ...

Managing parent stress during the pandemic

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

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

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 ...