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Claire McCarthy
Works at Boston Children's Hospital
Attended Princeton University
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I had no clue what I was doing when my first child was born 25 years ago. Now, that's true of most if not all first-time parents. As unfortunate as it ...
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We don't usually think of baby bottles when we think of super-sizing, but maybe we should.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/can-super-sizing-start-baby-bottles-201606219919
Large baby bottles can lead to heavier babies and may set the stage for over eating later in life.
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Some children really do need to be gluten-free--but it's not a change to make lightly, and not without talking to your doctor.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/3-reasons-not-put-child-gluten-free-diet-unless-doctor-says-201606079760
A gluten-free diet is unnecessary for most children — and can even be unhealthy.
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Letting your baby "cry it out" at naptime or bedtime won't harm him and helps him learn to self-soothe.
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It's important that pregnant women not gain too much weight--but diet soda isn't the best way to help make that happen.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/pregnant-women-avoid-artificially-sweetened-beverages-201605179714
Research reveals that drinking artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy may lead to heavier babies.
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American Academy of Pediatrics denounces the North Carolina law that discriminates against transgender children and children with certain genetic disorders.
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A new study suggests that apple juice diluted with water may be all your child needs to stay hydrated during a stomach bug.
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Like everyone else, I am having a hard time even fathoming the slaughter at the nightclub in Orlando. The number of dead—the largest number killed in a m...
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When it comes to swaddling your baby, there are pros...and cons.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/should-you-swaddle-your-baby-201605249730
Several studies suggest that swaddling can may cause problems hip problems and can even be dangerous if not practiced correctly.
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This isn't just a problem for teens--it's a problem for parents, too.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/latest-dangerous-addiction-parents-need-worry-mobile-devices-201605109680
A new survey of parents and teens suggests that kids are too dependent on their mobile devices.
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If we want our youth to grow into healthy adults, they may need to be thinner than we thought.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/much-teens-weigh-prevent-heart-disease-adults-201604199556
A recent study reveals that the current "healthy" weight ranges for teens might be too high, and therefore still putting them at risk for heart disease.
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Pediatrician and Medical Communications Editor
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  • Boston Children's Hospital
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Mom, pediatrician, writer.  Often tired but never bored.
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  • Princeton University
    1984
  • Harvard Medical School
    1988
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