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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.

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Less than 1 in 10 teens gets enough exercise: What this means for them and says about us featured image

Child & Teen Health

Less than 1 in 10 teens gets enough exercise: What this means for them and says about us

New study says that it’s safe to skip the spoon and let babies feed themselves featured image

Child & Teen Health

New study says that it’s safe to skip the spoon and let babies feed themselves

2 simple ways to ensure you give your kids the right dose of medicine (lots of parents don’t) featured image

Child & Teen Health

2 simple ways to ensure you give your kids the right dose of medicine (lots of parents don’t)

Why we need to make it harder for parents to refuse vaccines featured image

Claire McCarthy, MD

Why we need to make it harder for parents to refuse vaccines

Another study shows parents of newborns don’t always follow safe sleep recommendations featured image

Child & Teen Health

Another study shows parents of newborns don’t always follow safe sleep recommendations

4 back to school tips to get your child off to a great start featured image

Child & Teen Health

4 back to school tips to get your child off to a great start

The 5 things parents need to know about drowning featured image

Child & Teen Health

The 5 things parents need to know about drowning

Protecting children from the dangers of virtual violence featured image

Claire McCarthy, MD

Protecting children from the dangers of virtual violence

When hot gets too hot: keeping children safe in the heat featured image

Child & Teen Health

When hot gets too hot: keeping children safe in the heat

Fewer allergies: A possible upside of thumb sucking and nail biting featured image

Child & Teen Health

Fewer allergies: A possible upside of thumb sucking and nail biting

The right reasons to choose a sunscreen—and the right way to use it featured image

Child & Teen Health

The right reasons to choose a sunscreen—and the right way to use it

Good — and bad — news about today’s teens featured image

Child & Teen Health

Good — and bad — news about today’s teens

A bummer for kids: Nasal flu vaccine not effective featured image

Child & Teen Health

A bummer for kids: Nasal flu vaccine not effective

Can super-sizing start with baby bottles? featured image

Child & Teen Health

Can super-sizing start with baby bottles?

When treating stomach bugs, the best solution may be the simplest one featured image

Claire McCarthy, MD

When treating stomach bugs, the best solution may be the simplest one

3 reasons your child should not go gluten-free (unless your doctor says so) featured image

Claire McCarthy, MD

3 reasons your child should not go gluten-free (unless your doctor says so)

New study says that it’s okay to let babies cry at night featured image

Child & Teen Health

New study says that it’s okay to let babies cry at night

Should you swaddle your baby? featured image

Claire McCarthy, MD

Should you swaddle your baby?

Why pregnant women should avoid artificially sweetened beverages featured image

Claire McCarthy, MD

Why pregnant women should avoid artificially sweetened beverages

The latest dangerous “addiction” parents need to worry about: Mobile devices featured image

Child & Teen Health

The latest dangerous “addiction” parents need to worry about: Mobile devices

Preventing playground injuries: The fine line between safe and overprotective featured image

Child & Teen Health

Preventing playground injuries: The fine line between safe and overprotective

Why the American Academy of Pediatrics opposes North Carolina’s transgender “bathroom law” featured image

Child & Teen Health

Why the American Academy of Pediatrics opposes North Carolina’s transgender “bathroom law”

How much should teens weigh to prevent heart disease as adults? featured image

Child & Teen Health

How much should teens weigh to prevent heart disease as adults?

4 “must dos” for kids with seasonal allergies featured image

Child & Teen Health

4 “must dos” for kids with seasonal allergies

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