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 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.

Why parents should use responsive feeding with their babies

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

The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that parents approach feeding their babies based on signs of hunger and fullness, with the intent of preventing obesity.

4 ways to help your child get enough sleep

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

Because sleep is so crucial to children’s development, parents need to be firm about bedtimes. Making sure your child gets enough sleep means establishing a routine and sticking to it, and setting limits on certain behavior and activity.

What parents should know about tattoos

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

Parents grappling with whether to allow an adolescent child to get a tattoo may find answers to some of their questions in a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

How smart are you about car seats?

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

How much do you know about car seats, and the guidelines for their safe use in your car? Our quiz has the answers.

10 things parents should know about flu shots

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

Even though it’s only the beginning of September, parents should be thinking about scheduling flu shots for their children (and themselves). Here’s the latest information everyone needs to know about getting vaccinated.

3 things parents should know about complementary and alternative medicine

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

Many treatments fall under the term “complementary and alternative medicine,” and many of those treatments are helpful. Yoga, meditation, and acupuncture are a few examples, but parents should be careful and consult their child’s doctor when using these approaches.

How we can all help protect babies with immunizations

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

In a study of pregnant women, more than half received no information about immunizations for their babies. When they did, it was more likely to be negative if it came from a friend or family member.