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Claire Mccarthy

Why I'm a Terrible School Parent

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 08.06.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Having gone through the teenage years 2.5 times now, I have a different perspective on the elementary years. Given what's ahead, I know that pacing myself is a good idea.

Is Your Family Ready for a Disaster?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Along with making a donation to agencies supporting those affected by the tornado, a really good thing for all families to do is to make some disaster plans of their own.

Prenatal Testing: It's Just Information, Not Answers -- or a Guarantee

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

The pace of genetic research is stunning and exciting. But there is more to life and health than genetics.

This Mother's Day, Think About Foster Care

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.08.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

I don't know if I could have made a difference -- but I'll never stop being sorry I didn't bring him home.

The Important Reason Doctors Contradict Each Other

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.02.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Every child and every family is different, and those differences are crucial when it comes to deciding what approach to take to a parenting challenge.

How The Boston Tragedy Changed Parenthood Forever for Me

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

I found out about them from my daughter, who was running away from the scene. She was right there, close enough to see the explosions, just yards away.

How Being Human Messes Up Medical Research

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Sometimes, as I'm talking to patients and their families, I realize that I have no idea what I'm talking about. Really.

The Problem With Quick Fixes: Medicine Isn't Always the Best Answer

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Medicine can do amazing things these days. Whether it's face transplants or new treatments for diabetes or curing many kinds of cancer, it can seem like medicine can do everything. But medicine can't -- and shouldn't -- do everything.

The Possible Side Effects Of Parenthood

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 05.27.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

A friend of mine is pregnant, and she's having a rough go of it so far. "You people who have had babies don't say anything about this stuff," she's been saying. My friend has a point: We should alert people to the possible side effects of parenthood.

Where Do You Get Your Information About Vaccine Safety?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 05.22.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Parents' worries about the safety of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine are on the rise. And yet, doctors and scientists aren't more worried. What's going on?

Do More Gun Laws Lead to Fewer Gun Deaths?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 05.06.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

A study just released in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has found that the states with the most firearm legislation have fewer deaths from guns than the states with the least firearm legislation. But is having more laws the cause?

6 Ways to Give Your Child a Healthy Heart for Life

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 04.29.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

February is heart month -- a great time to think about heart health. While we tend to think of heart disease as a problem of adults, it can start in childhood, and the health habits of childhood have everything to do with heart health in adulthood.

Why I'm Happy My Daughter Is An Altar Server

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

She is a child who has not only been raised in the traditions and tenets of the Catholic church, but raised to think and to question, raised to believe that all people are created equal, including gays and women. When I see her hold that cross proudly and walk down the aisle, it gives me hope.

What I Realized When I Looked At An Old Family Picture

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 04.07.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

It can take moments like I had at that baptism to hit you up the side of the head and make you see that not only has time passed, but that you are wiser and better for it.

4 Ways Parents Can Prevent Underage Drinking

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 04.01.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Let's be honest: When was the last time you talked about alcohol ads with your kids? I don't mean in a "Wow, that was a cool ad they had on during the Super Bowl," kind of way.

Asking for and Giving Help: We Should Do It More

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.24.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

I think we should practice asking for help. We can start small, like by asking for directions (although the GPS devices on our phones are rapidly making that need obsolete) or asking someone to hold the door for us when our arms are full. Baby steps are fine.

Are You Keeping Secrets From Your Doctor?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Lots of people are using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) these days -- things like vitamins, homeopathic or herbal medicine, chiropractors, acupuncture or massage therapy. But they don't always tell their doctors about it.

Two Pediatricians Speak Out: We Need Effective Interventions to Protect Our Children

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 02.22.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Guns are a public health problem, plain and simple. As pediatricians, this is patently obvious to us -- which is why we could not understand why the state of Florida wanted to ban pediatricians from even talking about firearm safety in the exam room.

3 Ways Parents Can Help Keep Their Child Safe From Abuse at Daycare

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 02.11.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

The world may overall be a good place (I truly believe it is), but it's always best to be careful and watchful. Especially when our children's safety is involved.

5 Ways Parents Can Help Stop Their Kids From Smoking

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 02.04.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

For every person who dies from smoking -- about 1,200 a day -- two youths or young adults become smokers. Ninety percent of these "replacement" smokers have their first cigarette before they are 18 years old. One of them could be your kid.

Organic or Not? Two Pediatricians Weigh In

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 01.14.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Should I buy my family organic foods? This is a question we hear all the time in our practices. And it's not as easy a question to answer as you might think.

It's Get Smart About Antibiotics Week!

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 01.12.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

We are entering cold and flu season, and it's natural to want to do everything possible to keep our families healthy. So it's understandable that many people want their doctors to give them antibiotics. After all, they have an infection and antibiotics treat infections, right?

What I Hope All Parents Do on Election Day

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 01.06.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

If he were president, my 7-year-old son told me, there would be no more wars. There would be no more robberies -- and nobody would get sick or hurt. He wouldn't let anybody die, either. What was so wonderful about it to me was that in his 7-year-old mind, being an elected official meant taking care of others.

Boys Are Going Through Puberty Earlier -- Dads, We Need Your Help!

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 12.25.2012 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

It's less embarrassing to talk to a guy than your mom -- and it can be really helpful and reassuring to hear about someone's personal experience; to know that they've lived through what you're living through and understand how you feel.

What Two Pediatricians Say NOT to Worry About

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 12.12.2012 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

There's no way to take all the worry out of parenthood. Use love as a guiding principle, ask for help when you're stumped, and we promise (hope) you will worry less.