Parenting

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.

The best thing you can do to keep your child safe from bullying

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

Spending time every day asking children questions in an open-ended way that encourages them to talk fosters an openness that can help parents know what’s going on in a child’s life outside the home, including any potential bullying issues.

Talking to children about tragedies in the news

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

A parent’s natural instinct is to protect children from hearing about tragic events like hurricanes or mass shootings, but children may hear about such events on their own, and parents should be prepared to talk with children about them.

Why parents should use responsive feeding with their babies

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

The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that parents approach feeding their babies based on signs of hunger and fullness, with the intent of preventing obesity.

4 ways to help your child get enough sleep

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

Because sleep is so crucial to children’s development, parents need to be firm about bedtimes. Making sure your child gets enough sleep means establishing a routine and sticking to it, and setting limits on certain behavior and activity.

What parents should know about tattoos

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

Parents grappling with whether to allow an adolescent child to get a tattoo may find answers to some of their questions in a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

How smart are you about car seats?

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

How much do you know about car seats, and the guidelines for their safe use in your car? Our quiz has the answers.