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

What parents need to know about a vegan diet

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

If your family follows a vegan diet––or your child expresses the desire to do so on their own––it’s important for parents to be aware of the nutritional challenges of vegan eating, and how to meet them.

How to help your baby through shots and blood tests

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Vaccinations and blood draws for testing are painful moments for babies. But there are things parents can do to help their baby get through these procedures more easily.

A low-tech school vacation: Keeping kids busy and happy without screens

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Wondering how to occupy your children during school break? Skip the screens and try these low-tech physical and creative pursuits.

Weight loss surgery for children and teens struggling with obesity

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

If a child is obese by age 12, it’s nearly a certainty that child will be obese as an adult, with all the complications that brings. While some may be uncomfortable with a child or adolescent having bariatric surgery to facilitate weight loss, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends it in certain situations.

How to talk to children about the serious illness of a loved one

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Talking to a child about a loved one’s illness is not easy, but it’s important to be truthful and not shield a child from the facts. While the specifics will depend on the child, thinking through what to say and how to say it will help parents deal with the situation.

Think your child has ADHD? What your pediatrician can — and should — do

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects 7% to 8% of children in the US. If you think your child may have ADHD, see your pediatrician, who can take the correct steps toward diagnosis and, if needed, proper treatment and a follow-up plan.

Which is better for reading to your toddler: Print or ebooks?

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

When reading to a young child, does it matter whether the book is a physical book or in some electronic form? One small study did detect a difference.

Think your child might have a disability or developmental delay? Take these steps

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

If you think your child may have a disability or problem with development, it’s important to seek help as soon as possible. Talk to your doctor, and seek an evaluation, if needed.

Recurrent headaches in children: What to know and do

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Most children have an occasional headache, but some children get recurrent headaches. These often run in families and may be migraine or tension headaches or might stem from other causes.

Too old for the pediatrician? Time to switch doctors

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Wondering how a teen or young adult can smoothly smoothly transition from seeing a pediatrician to a medical practice that treats adults? Making plans and taking these steps will help.