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Well Child Visit At 7 To 8 Years
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A well child visit is when your child sees a healthcare provider to prevent health problems. It is a different type of visit than when your child sees a healthcare provider because he is sick. Well child visits are used to track your child's growth and development. It is also a time for you to ask questions and to get information on how to keep your child safe. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them. Your child should have regular well child visits from birth to 17 years.
Where to take your child for well child visits:
It is best to find a medical home for your child. A medical home is a doctor's office or clinic where your child sees the same healthcare providers every time. A medical home will also keep your child's health records. The healthcare providers will get to know your child and your family so they can give him the best care. They will also make sure he receives vaccines on the recommended immunization schedule to protect him from diseases.
What happens during a well child visit at 7 to 8 years:
Your child's healthcare provider may do the following:
- Chart your child's weight and height
- Check your child's vision, hearing, and blood pressure
- Talk to you about your child's physical activity, and time limits of less than 2 hours a day for TV, computers, or video games
- Talk to your child about school, friendships, peer pressure, and bullying
- Ask how often your child reads each day and if he is having any problems with schoolwork or certain subjects
- Check your child's teeth or tell you to take him to a dentist, and talk to you about your child's brushing and flossing routine
- Check for any changes in birthmarks, and talk to you about making sure your child wears sunscreen to prevent skin cancer
- Ask if your child has any problems sleeping
- Review home safety and water safety, such as not allowing your child to swim alone
- Make sure you are using seat belts and a booster seat in every car, and that the booster is installed properly in the back seat
- Talk to you about making sure your child uses bicycle and sports helmets
- Give your child any catch-up doses previous vaccines
Milestones of development your child may reach by 7 to 8 years:
Each child develops at his own pace. Your child might have already reached the following milestones, or he may reach them later:
- Lose baby teeth and grow in adult teeth
- Develop friendships and a best friend
- Help with tasks such as setting the table
- Tell time on a face clock
- Know days and months
- Ride a bicycle or play sports
- Start reading on his own and solving math problems
What you need to know about your child's next well child visit:
Your child's healthcare provider will tell you when to bring him in again. The next well child visit is usually at 9 to 10 years. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns about his health or care before the next visit. Your child may need catch-up doses of the hepatitis B, hepatitis A, MMR, or chickenpox vaccine. Remember to take your child in for a yearly flu vaccine.
Changes that may happen before the next well child visit:
- Your child may start to show signs of puberty. Talk to your healthcare provider about what to expect and ask questions if you have any concerns.
- Your child may want to start spending more time with friends and less time with family. He may need to start homework earlier as the work becomes more difficult.
- Your healthcare provider may talk to you about having your child ride in the car with a shoulder and lap seat belt. Ask if your child's height and weight are right for him to move out of a booster seat. He still needs to sit in the back seat until he is at least 13 years old.
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