Guiding Your Child Through The Middle Years
10 years features
Find out what to expect at the 10-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 child's blood pressure, hearing and vision.
- Ask about your family's 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.
- Questions about puberty.
- Your child's sleeping habits.
- Any concerns about your child's math or reading skills.
- Your childcare arrangements before and after school.
- Your child's interests and talents.
- Any other concerns you have.
Things your child may want to discuss at this visit:
- How to handle pressure from his friends to do things he doesn't want to do.
- Questions about growing up, body changes and sex.
Things to keep in mind:
- Always use a seat belt. It is safest for your child to ride in the back seat until age 12.
- Warn your child about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol and drugs.
- Reinforce pedestrian (walking), bicycle, water and sports safety with your child.
- Make sure your child always wears a bike helmet and other protective sports gear.
- Review home safety rules, including what to do when home alone.
- Make sure your child brushes his teeth at least two times each day, including just before bed, and flosses.
- Teach your child to make healthy choices for meals and snacks, including plenty of fruits and vegetables, breads, cereals, and other whole-grain products, low-fat dairy products, and lean meats.
- Help prepare your child for puberty and sexual development (menstrual periods, wet dreams).
- Encourage regular physical activity and personal hygiene.
- Make sure your child gets enough sleep.
- Set reasonable but challenging expectations for family responsibilities, school performance and other activities.
- Limit television, video watching, and video games to one hour per day. Watch programs with your child and discuss them.
- Encourage reading and hobbies.
Schedule an appointment for your child’s next visit, usually at 11 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.