Children’s Health

How to help your young child cope with the pandemic

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

It’s easy to think that the COVID-19 pandemic has not changed life much for younger children, but it has, and they certainly notice their parents’ or caregivers’ behavior. There are no easy solutions, but there are definitely things parents can do to help their children understand what’s happening, and cope.

4 parenting tips to break the negativity loop

Children and teens may get stuck in a cycle of focusing on negative emotions or aspects of daily events. Try these four tips to help break the negativity loop.

Helping people with autism spectrum disorder manage masks and COVID-19 tests

Robyn Thom, MD

Contributor

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many new challenges for people with autism spectrum disorder. Adapting to wearing face masks and the experience of a COVID-19 test are particularly challenging, but there are strategies that can help these individuals meet the challenges.

Study gives insight — and advice — on picky eating in children

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

All children are picky eaters at some point in childhood, but some are pickier than others. What’s a parent to do? Researchers looked at this phenomenon and reached some helpful conclusions.

5 winning ways for kids to burn energy

Lauren Elson, MD

Contributor
Francesca Coltrera

Editor, Harvard Health Blog

After a couple of months of sheltering in place, and with warm weather upon us, your children probably have plenty of excess energy. Here are five suggestions for activities that will get them moving — and there’s nothing stopping parents from joining in.

How to respond to tantrums

Children’s tantrums always seem to happen at the worst possible times. Take a breath and try this 3-point strategy for calming everyone down.

New warning on coronavirus symptoms in children — what parents need to know

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

A rare syndrome in some children that affects the heart and other organs may be a reaction to a current or past COVID-19 infection, but test results for the coronavirus are sometimes negative.

Think your baby is allergic to cow’s milk?

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Babies who show certain digestive symptoms may be incorrectly diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy and put on special diets, although this allergy is uncommon.

7 tips for going outside safely with your children during the COVID-19 pandemic

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

During the COVID-19 pandemic, getting yourself and your children outside helps with both physical and mental health. Be smart and do it safely by following these tips.

Not a staycation: Isolating at home affects our mental health (and what to do)

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

As the COVID-19 crisis keeps us at home for longer and longer, it’s important to acknowledge that this situation is having negative effects on everyone’s mental health. Here’s how parents and families can take care of themselves in ways that go beyond normal self-care strategies.