Parenting

More than half of today’s children will be obese adults

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

As new research shows that children who are obese are likely to remain so throughout their lives, emphasizing healthy eating and regular physical activity becomes even more important.

7 ways to prevent holiday stress — for your children

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

While the holiday season brings excitement and activity, it also creates stress for many people, and that can affect children too. With some thought and planning, parents can make the holidays more enjoyable for their kids and themselves.

10 signs that a child’s stomachache could be something serious

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

Stomachaches are common in children, and most are not serious, but there are certain signs parents should watch for — especially when other symptoms accompany a stomachache.

New app helps parents track and encourage their child’s development

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

A new app from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides parents with a new resource to help them keep track of their child’s development milestones.

I love my kids but they’ve ruined my neck

Steve Calechman
Steve Calechman, Contributor

People who have kids spend a lot of time looking down. Even those who don’t probably spend a lot of time looking down at their phone, tablet, or laptop. Either way it’s bad for the neck muscles; a physical therapist offers some advice.

Using social media to help parents get vaccine questions answered

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

Doctors want their patients to have access to accurate and helpful health information, and today that means online. Researchers found that expectant mothers who used a website that provided information about vaccines were more likely to get their babies vaccinated.

Why parents should save their baby’s cord blood — and give it away

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

Because blood cells from a newborn baby’s umbilical cord can be used to treat or cure a variety of diseases, the American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging expectant parents to consider donating this blood to a public bank.

5 things parents and teachers need to know about ADHD

Ellen Braaten, PhD
Ellen Braaten, PhD, Contributor

As many as 10% of children in the US have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, creating challenges for them as well as teachers, classmates, and family members. Understanding the condition is crucial to treating it successfully.

4 tips for teaching your child how to ride a bike “on the road”

Steve Calechman
Steve Calechman, Contributor

Once you have taught a child the mechanics of riding a bicycle, the real challenge is teaching them how to ride safely on the streets. Our tips will help instill important safety and awareness practices in your young rider.

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.