Parenting

Weight loss surgery for children and teens struggling with obesity

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

If a child is obese by age 12, it’s nearly a certainty that child will be obese as an adult, with all the complications that brings. While some may be uncomfortable with a child or adolescent having bariatric surgery to facilitate weight loss, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends it in certain situations.

Got children? How to get out the door on time

Having trouble getting younger kids ready to leave home on time in the morning? Try these strategies to motivate them to accomplish morning-routine tasks.

Can monitoring blood pressure at home cut maternal mortality?

Huma Farid, MD

Contributor

Preeclampsia is a dangerous condition marked by hypertension that affects some women during late pregnancy or early weeks after birth. Rising rates of high blood pressure and maternal age increase risk for it. A recent study finds monitoring blood pressure at home may help.

How to talk to children about the serious illness of a loved one

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Talking to a child about a loved one’s illness is not easy, but it’s important to be truthful and not shield a child from the facts. While the specifics will depend on the child, thinking through what to say and how to say it will help parents deal with the situation.

Think your child has ADHD? What your pediatrician can — and should — do

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects 7% to 8% of children in the US. If you think your child may have ADHD, see your pediatrician, who can take the correct steps toward diagnosis and, if needed, proper treatment and a follow-up plan.

How to foster independence in children

If you’re a parent, part of your role is to prepare your children for adult life by teaching and otherwise encouraging independence. But how does one start to do this?

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.

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.

Driving for teens with ADHD: What parents need to know

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Parents always worry when a teen starts driving –– even more so if a teen has ADHD. Research shows teens with ADHD have a higher risk for auto accidents. Here’s how to reduce that risk.