This annual guide is dedicated to the health and well-being of families. With articles on everything from vaccines to puberty, stuttering to dental care, HealthMap addresses the daily concerns of Puget Sound-area parents. How can you get a picky eater to try new things? And how can you make the most of your visits with the pediatrician? We tap into our incredible local resources to bring you cutting-edge info and research. To your health!
Are kids' sports becoming too dangerous?
If you played sports as a child, you may remember the glory of making that very first goal or home run, and how great it felt to be a part of a team — having fun, playing outside and not caring if you won or lost. But are sports really as carefree as we remember? Over the last decade, doctorRead More »
Anxiety: Helping kids who worry too much
Childhood can be a scary place. Creepy, crawly creatures, monsters under the bed, a barking dog, a dark room where you’re all alone — these are common scenarios that can evoke real fear, phobias and anxiety in small children. Usually, all it takes is a little reassurance from mom or dad to make thiRead More »
HealthMap About Us
Read it in good health! There was never any question that this new publication, HealthMap, would come to be. After all, when you think about the things that matter most to families, health and wellness are right up at the top of the list. Every new day brings a dizzying array of stories about neRead More »
Keeping Your Child's Teeth Healthy
Tooth decay can creep up fast, taking parents by surprise. And more children in this country are getting fillings, root canals and extractions than ever before. According to the U.S. surgeon general, tooth decay now tops the list of common childhood diseases. One group in particular — children 2 toRead More »
How to talk to the doc: Communicating with your child's pediatrician
Painful earaches, hacking coughs, mysterious rashes and a host of other big and little problems will land you and your child in the same place over and over again: the pediatrician’s exam room. With the countless office visits you’ll make, you’ll inevitably get to know your child’s health-care prRead More »
Growing up too fast: Why early puberty is on the rise
Rachel Lamb remembers the day she had a troubling question for her daughter’s pediatrician. “I told her, ‘She’s starting to develop breast buds. Is this normal?’” the Puyallup mom recalls. Her daughter was 6 and a half years old at the time. The pediatrician recommended she see a doctor at SRead More »
Picky eater in your house? Here's what to do
Some young children are like those little ferns that magically draw nutrition from the air. Others -- or as everyone calls them, picky eaters -- will refuse anything that isn’t white, brown and filled with carbs. Persnickety little ones may object to foods touching on the plate. Some, without even aRead More »
Get that shot Have your kids gotten all of their before-school inoculations? Those now include one for chicken pox, thanks to a new Washington state law that requires kids entering kindergarten and sixth grades get that vaccine — or provide schools with proof that they’ve already had the “pox.” ARead More »