2. Check your child's blood pressure using standard testing equipment.
3. Ask questions, address concerns, and offer advice about your
Eating. Schedule three meals and one or two nutritious snacks
a day. Serve your child a well-balanced diet that includes lean protein, whole grains,
fruits and vegetables, and low-fat dairy. Kids this age should get 2½ cups
(600 ml) of low-fat milk
daily (or equivalent low-fat dairy products or fortified milk alternative). Limit
high-sugar and high-fat foods and drinks, and offer no more than 8 ounces (240 ml)
of 100% juice per day.
is more common in boys and deep sleepers, and in most cases it ends on its own. But
talk to your doctor if it continues to be a problem.
Sleeping. Kids this age need about 9-12
hours of sleep per night. Lack of sleep can make it hard to pay attention at school.
Set a regular bedtime that allows for enough sleep and encourage your child to follow
a relaxing bedtime routine. Keep TVs and digital devices, like smartphones and tablets,
out of your child's bedroom.
Physical activity. Kids this age should get at least 60 minutes
of physical activity
per day. Set limits on screen
time, including TV, DVDs, video games, smartphones, tablets, and computers.
Growth and development. By 8 years, it's common for many kids
show more independence from parents and family members
have a group of friends, usually of the same gender
look up to role models, such as professional athletes, actors, or superheroes
do more coordinated tasks, like shoot a basketball
4. Do aphysical
exam. This will include listening to the heart and lungs, examining teeth
for cavities, and watching your child walk. Because some children start
to show signs of puberty as early as age 7, your pediatrician will check pubertal
development. A parent or caregiver should be present during this exam.
5. Update immunizations.Immunizations
can protect kids from serious childhood illnesses, so it's important that your child
get them on time. Immunization
schedules can vary from office to office, so talk to your doctor about what to
Poor school performance could be a sign of a learning disability,
attention problems, or of being
bullied. Talk to the teacher about your concerns so that your child can
get the help needed to succeed.
Explain to your child that his or her body
will change and that this is normal. Teach the proper names for
body parts and explain their functions. Let your child know that it's
never OK for an adult to ask a child to keep a secret from you. No one should
look at or touch your child's private parts, or ask him or her to look at or touch
Monitor your child's Internet
usage. Keep the family computer in a place where you can watch what your
child is doing. Install safety filters and check the browser history to see what websites
your child has visited. Teach your child not to share personal information.
Protect your child from gun
injuries by not keeping a gun in the home. If you do have a gun, keep
it unloaded and locked away. Ammunition should be locked up separately. Make sure
kids cannot access the keys.
Talk to your doctor if you're concerned about your living situation.
Do you have the things that you need to take care of your child? Do you have enough
food, a safe place to live, and health
insurance? Your doctor can tell you about community resources or refer you to
a social worker.
These checkup sheets are consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics
(AAP)/Bright Futures guidelines.