Claire McCarthy, MD
Posts by Claire McCarthy, MD
It might be surprising to learn that parents can help fight childhood obesity by taking good care of themselves. A new study found that when mothers follow five healthy lifestyle habits, their kids are much less likely to become obese.
No matter how diligent you are about protecting your children from some exposure, sunburns do happen. When it does, follow these instructions to ease the discomfort and treat your child’s sunburn.
Teens are getting less sleep than ever. This leaves them prone to conditions like high blood pressure and insulin resistance which increased the risk for heart disease and diabetes later on.
Separating children and parents at the border can permanently affect a child’s brain development and even risk his or her future health thanks to the “toxic” stress caused by the experience and the loss of parental nurturing and support.
All children should know how to swim. Before arranging for swimming lessons for kids, parents should know when a child is ready to learn, how to encourage learning this skill, and what to expect from facilities or programs that give lessons.
Marijuana smoking around children under 18 has increased and is likely to continue going up. As legal marijuana use becomes more common, parents need to be aware of the risks to children from secondhand marijuana smoke.
There are a number of remedies available to treat teething pain that contain benzocaine, but products containing this ingredient can cause a reaction in the blood that can result in less oxygen being distributed in the body, which can be dangerous for babies.
From higher-level brain development to socialization, to vitamin D production and fitness, there are many reasons children need to spend time outside.
It’s smart to be concerned about Lyme disease, but awareness of symptoms and taking some simple precautions when you or your family members spend time outdoors can help you avoid being bitten by ticks.
Ongoing research on the effects of repeated head injury on the brains of football players raises the question of whether preteen football players should be prohibited from tackling.