Parenting

Opportunities for growth: Transitions for youth with autism spectrum disorder

Robyn Thom, MD

Contributor

For young people with autism spectrum disorder, the transition from adolescence to adulthood is marked by changes in many areas of their lives. Healthcare providers and caregivers can make this transition smoother and help their patients meet these challenges.

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.

Grandparenting in the time of COVID-19

Ellen S. Glazer, LICSW

Guest Contributor

As parents grapple with school and daycare closings prompted by coronavirus, grandparents have questions about helping with child care and whether they can safely spend time with their grandchildren.

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.

Pregnant and worried about the new coronavirus?

Huma Farid, MD

Contributor

If you are pregnant, naturally you have concerns about COVID-19 and its potential effects on you and your fetus or newborn. Although there is limited data on the new coronavirus and pregnancy, some questions can be answered.

How to talk to teens about the new coronavirus

As with younger children, teenagers are also likely to have questions –– and possibly misinformation –– about the new coronavirus. While the questions may be similar, your answers may be more complex.

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.

Surrogacy: Who decides to become a gestational carrier?

Ellen S. Glazer, LICSW

Guest Contributor

What prompts a woman to become a surrogate or gestational carrier, carrying a child for people she may not know? The answers seem straightforward in some instances and more complex in others.

Co-parent adoption: A critical protection for LGBTQ+ families

Establishing a legal relationship between parents and their children allows both parents to make care decisions. For LGBTQ+ families, this can be especially important. In some states, co-parent adoption, which offers broader protection than a state birth certificate, is available.