Children’s Health

Guns are killing our children. It’s time we did something

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

The Parkland shooting is a painful reminder that too many lives, including those of children, are taken by gun violence and firearm injuries. We all – parents, policymakers, gun owners — can take action to help prevent these tragedies. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers some specific suggestions.

This Valentine’s Day, 14 ways parents can show love for their children

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

When children feel loved, it builds confidence and resilience. This Valentine’s day, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests 14 ways to show your kids you love them, including the simple acts like family game night or making a meal together.

4 things all parents should do to help prevent sexual abuse

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Parents can help protect their children from sexual abuse by teaching children about their bodies and what is and is not appropriate behavior by adults.

Why teenagers eat Tide pods

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

It’s difficult to understand why teenagers would willingly engage in risky behavior like the Tide Pod Challenge. It’s due to the combination of young brains that are still growing and forming, the need to learn to take risks, and the attention and pressure from social media.

A neurologist talks about kids and headaches

Children can get migraines, but if your child has a headache it’s much more likely that it’s a more typical one. Knowing what signs to look for will help you know when to call your pediatrician.

The crucial brain foods all children need

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Proper nutrition is crucial for mothers-to-be and their babies, as brain development depends on many nutrients and vitamins, but it’s not always easy or affordable for people to get the healthy foods they need.

When to worry about your child’s sore throat

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Sore throats are common in children, often occurring with colds, but there are situations when a sore throat is an indication of a more serious problem and you should call the child’s doctor.

5 common problems that can mimic ADHD

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

While the incidence of ADHD in children has climbed, behavior or concentration problems in a child do not automatically mean that child has ADHD. Doctors and parents should consider these other possible causes when evaluating a child.

3 New Year’s resolutions all families can (and should) make

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for grownups. Taking small steps toward a healthier, more connected life as a family can be fun and help lay the foundation for a lifetime of wellness.

Keeping children safe this holiday season

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.