Children’s Health

What one study from China tells us about COVID-19 and children

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

A study of children in China infected with COVID-19 found that most had illness that was asymptomatic, mild, or moderate. Younger children are at higher risk of running into trouble and it’s important to take extra precautions with them.

School closed due to the coronavirus? Tips to help parents cope

Is your child’s school closed due to precautionary measures around coronavirus? Here are some tips to help parents cope.

Time to redefine normal body temperature?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Is 98.6˚ F still the norm for body temperature? Data collected over almost 160 years show that the normal body temperature has been declining and is now roughly one degree lower.

Peanut allergy: A new medicine for children may offer protection

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

In children with food allergies, peanut allergy is the one most likely to cause a severe reaction. A newly approved medication made from peanut flour treats peanut allergy by giving a gradually increasing dosage over several months.

How to talk to children about the coronavirus

Wondering how to talk to your children about the coronavirus? Here’s how to prepare for questions they might ask and how you can respond.

As coronavirus spreads, many questions and some answers

Todd Ellerin, MD

Contributor

Readers have many questions about the new coronavirus (COVID-19). We have enlisted one of our experts on infectious disease to answer some of them.

When is a heavy period too heavy?

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Girls and their parents often wonder when bleeding with a period is too heavy. It’s normal for periods to be irregular and occasionally heavy in the first few years after menstruation starts, but some signs of heavy bleeding merit a call to your child’s doctor.

Coronavirus: What parents should know and do

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

It’s natural for parents to be worried about whether their children could be at risk from the novel coronavirus. While there is much that is still not known, common sense and simple public health precautions will help protect everyone.

Think hard before shaming children

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Parents may offer what they think is constructive criticism to a child, but there is a fine line between criticism and shaming, and shaming can have lasting effects on a child’s self-esteem.

What to do when your child swears

Steve Calechman

Contributor

Even young children can surprise a parent with salty language. Regardless of where they first heard it, use the occasion to help your child learn appropriate behavior in and outside the home.