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First with Kids, by Dr. Lewis First

Adolescent health myths

Recently I have received a lot of questions from parents asking me whether something they heard about parenting a teenager is fact or fiction. This week, let me do some truth-telling and myth-busting when it comes to parenting adolescents. - A longer timeline - First, adolescence ...

Are probiotics safe for kids?

Parents have been asking me to digest information they’re hearing about something called probiotics and whether they are safe for children. Let me see if I can provide some food for thought on this topic. - Beneficial bacteria - While some bacteria in our digestive system are ...

The importance of family meals

Parents have been hungry to ask me what they can do to ensure the health and well-being of their children — and my response is family meals. That’s right, family meals. Here are the reasons why: - Improvement of social and emotional health - Studies have shown that family ...

Dealing with poison ivy

With summer upon us, parents are itching to ask me questions about poison ivy. Rather than leave no leaf unturned, let me provide some information on this common problem. First the motto — “leaves of three, let them be” — is quite true. Poison ivy is a red-stemmed, three-leafed ...

Fireworks safety

With July 4th coming up, parents have been firing off lots of questions about whether or not they should allow their older children to light fireworks, even the tinier ones. Let me see if I can shoot off some information on this topic. Every year, more than 11,000 visits to emergency ...

Playground safety

Summer is here and Father’s Day is fast approaching. Dads, and moms too, who want to take their children to the playground on Father’s Day (or any day for that matter) have been teeter-tottering over to me about the safety of their neighborhood park or school playground and whether or not ...