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Claire McCarthy
Works at Boston Children's Hospital
Attended Princeton University
Lives in Greater Boston Area
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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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Parents of babies: read about a warning from the FDA and AAP about arsenic in rice cereal. This is important.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/fda-warns-parents-about-arsenic-in-rice-cereal-201604059473
The FDA has issued new recommendations on arsenic levels in infant cereals.
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Too often people who are hesitant about vaccines forget that vaccines actually do something.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-inconvenient-truth-of-vaccine-refusal-201603229426
The decision not to vaccinate a child extends the risk of illness to the larger community.
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New research shows that there is a really simple way parents can help prevent food allergy in their children.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-latest-on-a-simple-way-to-help-prevent-food-allergies-in-kids-201603089326
Research suggests that giving certain foods very early in life is safe and actually decreases a child's risk for some food allergies.
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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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Got an allergy sufferer? Here's what you need to do.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/4-must-kids-seasonal-allergies-201604129511
We've listed four tips to help your child cope with allergy season — and they work just as well for adults, too.
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Given what we know about tobacco and youth, it's embarrassing we haven't done something already. 

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/we-should-be-ashamed-if-we-dont-pass-tobacco-21-laws-201603299452
Raising the legal age to buy cigarettes to 21 years old may help deter young people from smoking.
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Most kids need guidance as they learn how to enjoy healthy foods and eating patterns.
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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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