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Guiding Your Child Through The Middle Years
6 Years features
Find out what to expect at the 6-year visit.
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Date Of Visit: _______________________
Things your doctor will do at todays visit:
- Ask for an update on your childs health
- Do a physical exam on your child
- Check your childs blood pressure, hearing and vision
- Ask about possible exposure of your child to lead and test for lead, if indicated
- 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
- Recommend one or more immunizations: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis/whooping cough), polio
- Give you an opportunity to ask questions
Things you may want to discuss at this visit:
- Your childs growth and nutrition
- Your childs behavior and development
- Any concerns about your childs language, hearing or vision
- How best to prepare your child for school
- Your child-care arrangements before and after school
- Any other concerns you have
Things your child may want to discuss at this visit:
- How school is going for him
- What he likes most about school and what he likes least
- Who his friends are and what they like to do when they play together
Things to keep in mind:
- Always use a booster seat until your child is at least 8 years old or over 4-feet, 9-inches tall. It is safest for your child to ride in the back seat.
- Discuss pedestrian (walking), bicycle and playground safety with your child.
- Teach your child about stranger safety.
- Reinforce home safety rules. Conduct regular fire drills; lock up poisons, matches and electrical tools.
- Make sure your child brushes his teeth at least two times each day, including just before bed.
- Help your child learn healthy eating habits, such as eating five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, and limiting high-fat and sugary foods.
- Encourage self-discipline and impulse control.
- 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 and video watching to one hour per day. Watch programs with your child and discuss them.
- Encourage reading. Visit your local library regularly.
- Be involved with your childs school, perhaps as a volunteer.
Schedule an appointment for your childs next visit, usually at 8 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.