Children’s Health

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.

Making young minds resilient to disasters

Trauma from experiencing a natural disaster can have long-term effects on the mental and physical health of children. Supportive parents, teachers, and other adults can help children build resilience.

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.

Harvard Health Ad Watch: What you should know about direct-to-consumer ads

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Direct-to-consumer advertising for health treatments pops up everywhere, yet the information shared is often incomplete, confusing, or biased. Our new Ad Watch series will help you understand adspeak and when to be wary.

How racism harms children

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement regarding the “socially transmitted disease” of racism. Its negative effects harm children in multiple areas, including education, health care, employment, and the justice system.

How early can you — and should you — diagnose autism?

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

If a parent thinks a child might have autism, it helps to get a definitive diagnosis as early as possible, since the earlier treatment can begin, the better it is for the child. But at what age can a reliable diagnosis be made?

Rising temperatures? How to avoid heat-related illnesses and deaths

Hotter summer temperatures and prolonged periods of intense heat can lead to heat-related illness — and even deaths. People who are elderly and those with existing health problems are especially vulnerable. Know what to do to protect yourself and others.

Keeping children safe around cosmetics

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Between 2002 and 2016, over 4,000 children under 5 were treated each year in US emergency departments for cosmetics-related injuries. Take precautions with your cosmetic products to keep children safe.

Are antibacterial products with triclosan fueling bacterial resistance?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

The FDA has banned the antibacterial agent triclosan from soaps starting in 2020. It’s still used in mouthwash, cosmetics, toothpaste and other household products and there are still concerns that striving to rid our environment of bacteria and germs helps fuel bacterial resistance to antibiotics.