Safety

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.

Why teenagers eat Tide pods

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

It’s difficult to understand why teenagers would willingly engage in risky behavior like the Tide Pod Challenge. It’s due to the combination of young brains that are still growing and forming, the need to learn to take risks, and the attention and pressure from social media.

Keeping carbon monoxide out of your home

Wynne Armand, MD

Contributing Editor

In the United States, around 400 people die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide exposure. It is so dangerous because it’s odorless and invisible, and is more likely to accumulate at high levels during the winter when homes are closed up.

Frozen (the cold will bother you…)

Wynne Armand, MD

Contributing Editor

When it’s really cold and windy, frostbite can set in more quickly than you might think. But it’s also easy to take the right precautions to protect yourself and your family during outdoor activities this winter.

Keeping children safe this holiday season

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

The best holiday is one that’s free of any unexpected injuries or illnesses. Taking some simple precautions can help you and your family have a safe and fun holiday season.

Researchers may have discovered a cause of multiple sclerosis

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Looking for possible causes of multiple sclerosis, researchers found that people who had a concussion prior to age 20 had a greater risk of developing MS, suggesting head injuries are a risk factor.

How smart are you about car seats?

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.

Ticks and the changing landscape of tick-borne illnesses

Wynne Armand, MD

Contributing Editor

Ticks are being found in more places, and they are carrying newly discovered bacteria, meaning it’s more important than ever to protect yourself and your family when you are outdoors.

6 ways to keep your child safe this summer

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

With all the outdoor activities available to kids during the summer, it’s a good idea to take a moment to consider these tips to make sure everyone plays and stays safe.

Think your child has a penicillin allergy? Maybe not.

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Because diagnosis of drug allergies is often done based on symptoms but without testing, many people who believe they are allergic to antibiotics such as penicillin do not in fact have the allergy.