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Guiding Your Child Through The Middle Years
8 years features
Find out what to expect at the 8-year visit.
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Date Of Visit: _______________________
Things your doctor will do at today's visit:
- Ask for an update on your child's health
- Do a physical exam on your child, including checking for scoliosis and signs of puberty
- Check your childs blood pressure, hearing and vision
- Ask about your familys history of heart disease and test cholesterol levels if indicated
- Ask about possible exposure to tuberculosis (TB) and test your child if indicated
- Make sure your child's immunizations are up to date
- Give you an opportunity to ask questions
Things you may want to discuss at this visit:
- Your child's growth and nutrition
- Your child's behavior and development
- How your child deals with anger or frustration
- Your child's sleeping habits
- Your child-care arrangements before and after school
- Your child's school performance
- Any other concerns you have
Things your child may want to discuss at this visit:
- How school is going for him
- Activities or sports he is involved in
- What he and his friends do for fun
- Questions about growing up, body changes and sex
Things to keep in mind:
- It is safest for your child to ride in the back seat. Always use a seat belt; use a booster seat with the seat belt until your child is over 4-feet 9-inches tall.
- Warn your child about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol and drugs.
- Reinforce pedestrian (walking), bicycle, water, playground and stranger safety with your child.
- Teach your child how to handle dental emergencies, especially the loss or fracture of a tooth.
- Help your child learn healthy eating habits, such as eating five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, and limiting high-fat and sugary foods.
- Eat some meals together as a family.
- Encourage positive interactions with teachers and other adults.
- Make sure your child gets regular physical activity and enough sleep.
- Assign age-appropriate chores, including responsibility for personal belongings, and provide some personal space for your child at home.
- Limit television, video watching and video games to one hour per day. Watch programs with your child and discuss them.
- Encourage reading and hobbies.
- Know your child's friends and their families.
Schedule an appointment for your child's next visit, usually at 10 years of age.
Based on health supervision guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and from Bright Futures, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under the direction of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Last updated September 6, 2011.