Claire McCarthy, MD

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

Sick child this school year? Planning for the inevitable during a pandemic

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Kids get sick: it happens, and most of the time it’s not cause for concern or alarm. But this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic every symptom will be scrutinized. Parents need to be aware of what to do when their child shows signs of illness this year.

Managing the new normal: Actively help your family weather the pandemic

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

More than six months into the pandemic, it’s clear that we are going to be living with it for some time, and that expectations of life soon returning to normal are not realistic. This is a good time to assess the adjustments we’ve made and see how we can make different choices to get ourselves and our families through the challenge.

How to help your child get the sleep they need

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Back-to-school plans are still a question mark for many school districts, and it’s probably tempting to let a more relaxed summer sleep schedule stay in place. But consistency and routine are important for children and teens to ensure they get enough high-quality sleep. Here’s how to create that structure.

School, camp, daycare, and sports physicals: What to do in the time of COVID-19

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Summer activities are underway and some schools will be reopening come September. Does your child need a physical exam, or a form from the pediatrician? Here’s how to think through the options for fulfilling these requirements.

Youth sports during COVID-19: What parents need to know and do

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Playing youth sports is a great way for children to be active and learn important socialization skills, but the risks of COVID-19 mean parents with children who participate in sports must consider a number of factors when deciding whether to play.

How to make the most of your child’s telehealth visit

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Telehealth visits are going to be with us for the foreseeable future, and this includes children seeing their pediatricians. Parents can take steps before and during their child’s “exam” to help things go more smoothly and get the most out of the time with the doctor.

How to help your young child cope with the pandemic

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

It’s easy to think that the COVID-19 pandemic has not changed life much for younger children, but it has, and they certainly notice their parents’ or caregivers’ behavior. There are no easy solutions, but there are definitely things parents can do to help their children understand what’s happening, and cope.

Study gives insight — and advice — on picky eating in children

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

All children are picky eaters at some point in childhood, but some are pickier than others. What’s a parent to do? Researchers looked at this phenomenon and reached some helpful conclusions.

New warning on coronavirus symptoms in children — what parents need to know

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

A rare syndrome in some children that affects the heart and other organs may be a reaction to a current or past COVID-19 infection, but test results for the coronavirus are sometimes negative.

Think your baby is allergic to cow’s milk?

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Babies who show certain digestive symptoms may be incorrectly diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy and put on special diets, although this allergy is uncommon.