Parenting

T-ball: The ups and downs, and why it can be worthwhile

Steve Calechman

Contributor

Parents may question whether T-ball is worth their child’s time, but there is definite value in spending time outside, being active, and learning about teamwork. However, this activity, or any other, will only be meaningful if the child wants to do it.

5 habits for moms that help prevent childhood obesity

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

It might be surprising to learn that parents can help fight childhood obesity by taking good care of themselves. A new study found that when mothers follow five healthy lifestyle habits, their kids are much less likely to become obese.

How to treat a child’s sunburn

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

No matter how diligent you are about protecting your children from some exposure, sunburns do happen. When it does, follow these instructions to ease the discomfort and treat your child’s sunburn.

Teens are getting less sleep, which raises heart disease risk

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Teens are getting less sleep than ever. This leaves them prone to conditions like high blood pressure and insulin resistance which increased the risk for heart disease and diabetes later on.

Swimming lessons: 10 things parents should know

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

All children should know how to swim. Before arranging for swimming lessons for kids, parents should know when a child is ready to learn, how to encourage learning this skill, and what to expect from facilities or programs that give lessons.

Secondhand marijuana smoke and kids

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Marijuana smoking around children under 18 has increased and is likely to continue going up. As legal marijuana use becomes more common, parents need to be aware of the risks to children from secondhand marijuana smoke.

When your child ends up in the emergency room

Steve Calechman

Contributor

Visiting an emergency room with a sick or injured child is a universally stressful experience. Knowing what to tell the doctor, and what questions to ask, can help you keep your head and make the situation easier to handle.

Teething-pain remedy dangers

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

There are a number of remedies available to treat teething pain that contain benzocaine, but products containing this ingredient can cause a reaction in the blood that can result in less oxygen being distributed in the body, which can be dangerous for babies.

6 reasons children need to play outside

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

From higher-level brain development to socialization, to vitamin D production and fitness, there are many reasons children need to spend time outside.

4 things to know about ticks and Lyme

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

It’s smart to be concerned about Lyme disease, but awareness of symptoms and taking some simple precautions when you or your family members spend time outdoors can help you avoid being bitten by ticks.