Family Health: Harvard Doc Answers Your Questions

We all want the best for our kids, but raising healthy children is a challenge today--with controversy over everything from alarmingly high rates of childhood obesity to test-taking stress. Sorting through the reams of advice from books, TV and friends can test even the most dedicated parent's patience. Whom can you trust?

Over the next few weeks, Dr. Claire McCarthy, a senior medical editor for Harvard Health Publications and an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, will be taking your questions on family health. We'll publish some of her responses in our Sept. 17 issue and online.

McCarthy is an attending physician at Children's Hospital of Boston, and co-director of the pediatrics department at Martha Eliot Health Center, a neighborhood health service of Children's Hospital. The author of two books, "Learning How the Heart Beats" (Viking, 1995), and "Everyone's Children" (Scribner, 1997), Dr. McCarthy is also a contributing editor for Parenting Magazine.