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First with Kids, by Dr. Lewis First

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 ...

Taking your child to the movies for the first time

Parents have been asking me some moving questions recently. What is the right age to take their young child to the movies? How can that trip be a successful one? Well, let me see if I can screen out parental concerns and shed some “lights, camera and action” on this topic! - What does ...

Toothbrushing: something to smile about

Parents often ask me a mouthful of questions on how can they get their young children to brush their teeth on a daily basis. Let me try to shed light or should I say shed some white on the topic of tooth brushing. - Why brush in the first place? - It’s important for parents to ...

The ‘terrible twos’

Parents have been anything but terrible in asking me what they can do to help their toddler through the “terrible twos.” Let me ease everyone’s frustration about this period in a child’s life and provide some information on this topic. - It’s terribly normal - The terrible twos ...

A helpful guide to vomiting

Parents have been bringing up lots of questions about what to do when their child vomits. Let me toss out some helpful information on this topic. - Why do we vomit? - Vomiting is a way for the body to get rid of something it doesn’t like. It is a complex process coordinated by a ...

Sports safety tips

With so many children playing so many sports nowadays, parents have been competing to ask me questions about what they can do to make sure their child is as safe as possible when practicing or playing a particular sport. Let me see if I am game enough to offer some tips on this ...

‘Spot on’ information about measles

Parents have been spotting me out and about and when they do, they are asking me more and more questions about measles. To answer their questions, let me spread some information about this disease, rather than the measles virus itself. - What is it, and how does it spread? - Measles ...