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Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Claire McCarthy, MD, is a primary care pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. In addition to being a senior faculty editor for Harvard Health Publishing, Dr. McCarthy writes about health and parenting for Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston.com, and the Huffington Post.

Posts by Claire McCarthy, MD

Holiday toys for kids: “Back to basics” is best featured image

Child & Teen Health

Holiday toys for kids: “Back to basics” is best

Giving babies and toddlers antibiotics can increase the risk of obesity featured image

Child & Teen Health

Giving babies and toddlers antibiotics can increase the risk of obesity

Getting your baby to sleep through the night: The good (and maybe not-so-good) news featured image

Child & Teen Health

Getting your baby to sleep through the night: The good (and maybe not-so-good) news

AFM: The scary polio-like illness featured image

Child & Teen Health

AFM: The scary polio-like illness

What parents need to know — and do — about e-cigarettes featured image

Claire McCarthy, MD

What parents need to know — and do — about e-cigarettes

How to have a safe Halloween featured image

Child & Teen Health

How to have a safe Halloween

The real link between breastfeeding and preventing obesity featured image

Claire McCarthy, MD

The real link between breastfeeding and preventing obesity

Concussion care for children and teens: What parents need to know featured image

Child & Teen Health

Concussion care for children and teens: What parents need to know

Could household disinfectants be making our children fat? featured image

Claire McCarthy, MD

Could household disinfectants be making our children fat?

Parents: Don’t use a baby walker featured image

Child & Teen Health

Parents: Don’t use a baby walker

Why pregnant and nursing mothers shouldn’t smoke marijuana featured image

Child & Teen Health

Why pregnant and nursing mothers shouldn’t smoke marijuana

Meningitis vaccines: What parents need to know featured image

Claire McCarthy, MD

Meningitis vaccines: What parents need to know

Can cell phone use cause ADHD? featured image

Child & Teen Health

Can cell phone use cause ADHD?

Common food additives and chemicals harmful to children featured image

Claire McCarthy, MD

Common food additives and chemicals harmful to children

Warning signs of a concussion featured image

Claire McCarthy, MD

Warning signs of a concussion

5 habits <i>for moms</i> that help prevent childhood obesity featured image

Child & Teen Health

5 habits for moms that help prevent childhood obesity

How to treat a child’s sunburn featured image

Claire McCarthy, MD

How to treat a child’s sunburn

Teens are getting less sleep, which raises heart disease risk featured image

Child & Teen Health

Teens are getting less sleep, which raises heart disease risk

Separating children and parents at the border causes lifelong damage featured image

Child & Teen Health

Separating children and parents at the border causes lifelong damage

Swimming lessons save lives: What parents should know featured image

Child & Teen Health

Swimming lessons save lives: What parents should know

Secondhand marijuana smoke and kids featured image

Child & Teen Health

Secondhand marijuana smoke and kids

Teething-pain remedy dangers featured image

Child & Teen Health

Teething-pain remedy dangers

6 reasons children need to play outside featured image

Claire McCarthy, MD

6 reasons children need to play outside

4 things to know about ticks and Lyme featured image

Child & Teen Health

4 things to know about ticks and Lyme

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