Parent Information (8 - 10 years)

We encourage all parents to schedule well-child appointments.

Vaccines

View our Immunization schedule.

If your child seems uncomfortable, we recommend giving a dose of Tylenol. This can be repeated once every 4 hours as needed.

General Information

As they mature, children begin to see themselves as a part of their community. This is particularly evident as their peers assume a greater role in their lives. Supporting your child’s self-esteem and self-confidence will help her withstand any negative influences. Stay involved and know your child’s friends. While there may be differences in parenting styles, children need to respect the rules set by their family.

At this age, children are forming impressions of many different aspects of life. Continue to show interest in what they are learning in school. Encourage social responsibility and promote acceptance of diversity. Discuss how alcohol, tobacco and drug use can lead to addiction and impaired decision-making. Allow them to practice what to say if a friend offers them a beer or a cigarette.

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Media Exposure

Be aware of what your child is exposed to on the Internet. Learn what you can do to limit access to inappropriate subject matter. Keep screen time to less than 2 hours a day—this includes TV, hand-held video games and computer time. Teach your child to avoid high noise levels, especially when listening with earphones.

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Physical Development

Children begin to go through puberty at different ages. Some girls may develop breast buds as early as 8 years of age. On average, puberty begins for girls between 9-16 years of age and for boys between 13-15 years of age. Girls should learn about menstrual cycles and boys should be aware of nocturnal emissions. Discussing anticipated changes will assure your child that she is normal. Address hygiene issues including the use of deodorant as well.

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Nutrition and Exercise

Support your child’s interest in team sports and other physical activities. Not only will these activities boost your child’s self-esteem and self-confidence, they are a great source of exercise.

When it comes to diet, emphasize the importance of a nutritious breakfast. Limit the amount of juice drinks and carbonated beverages your child consumes. Instead, offer low-fat milk or water. Provide healthy snack options such as fruits and vegetables. Eat dinner at the table with the TV off. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss daily events and stay connected.

Exercising daily, in conjunction with good nutrition, helps establish healthy habits for years to come.

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Safety Reminders

  • Children should never be in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger air bag.
  • Water safety, whether at the pool or at the beach, should be enforced. If possible, teach your child to swim.
  • Most of us have gotten 80 % of our sun exposure by 8 years of age. Continue to liberally apply broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15 coverage or higher.
  • Firearms in the house should be locked up, out of your child’s reach. Guns should be stored unloaded with the ammunition secured in a separate location.
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