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 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

Keeping children safe this holiday season

Claire McCarthy, MD
Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

The best holiday is one that’s free of any unexpected injuries or illnesses. Taking some simple precautions can help you and your family have a safe and fun holiday season.

More than half of today’s children will be obese adults

Claire McCarthy, MD
Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

As new research shows that children who are obese are likely to remain so throughout their lives, emphasizing healthy eating and regular physical activity becomes even more important.

7 ways to prevent holiday stress — for your children

Claire McCarthy, MD
Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

While the holiday season brings excitement and activity, it also creates stress for many people, and that can affect children too. With some thought and planning, parents can make the holidays more enjoyable for their kids and themselves.

10 signs that a child’s stomachache could be something serious

Claire McCarthy, MD
Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Stomachaches are common in children, and most are not serious, but there are certain signs parents should watch for — especially when other symptoms accompany a stomachache.

New app helps parents track and encourage their child’s development

Claire McCarthy, MD
Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

A new app from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides parents with a new resource to help them keep track of their child’s development milestones.

Using social media to help parents get vaccine questions answered

Claire McCarthy, MD
Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Doctors want their patients to have access to accurate and helpful health information, and today that means online. Researchers found that expectant mothers who used a website that provided information about vaccines were more likely to get their babies vaccinated.

Why parents should save their baby’s cord blood — and give it away

Claire McCarthy, MD
Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Because blood cells from a newborn baby’s umbilical cord can be used to treat or cure a variety of diseases, the American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging expectant parents to consider donating this blood to a public bank.

What parents should know — and do — about young children and mobile devices

Claire McCarthy, MD
Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Use of mobile devices by children up to age 8 has exploded in recent years. This isn’t necessarily bad, but parents should be aware of how much time their children are spending on devices daily, and make the effort to ensure they are being used responsibly and appropriately.

The best thing you can do to keep your child safe from bullying

Claire McCarthy, MD
Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Spending time every day asking children questions in an open-ended way that encourages them to talk fosters an openness that can help parents know what’s going on in a child’s life outside the home, including any potential bullying issues.

Talking to children about tragedies in the news

Claire McCarthy, MD
Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

A parent’s natural instinct is to protect children from hearing about tragic events like hurricanes or mass shootings, but children may hear about such events on their own, and parents should be prepared to talk with children about them.