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 foods and drinks that are high in sugar and fat, and offer no more than 8
ounces (240 ml) of juice per day. If you have a picky eater, keep offering a variety
of healthy foods for your child to choose from. Kids should be encouraged to give
new foods a try, but don't force them to eat them.
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 cause behavior problems and make it
difficult to pay attention at school. Set a regular bedtime that allows for adequate
sleep and establish a relaxing bedtime routine. Keep TVs and digital devices, including
phones and tablets, out of bedrooms.
Physical activity. Children 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 7 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
perform more coordinated tasks, like shooting a basketball
4. Do aphysical
exam. This will include listening to the heart and lungs, checking teeth
for cavities, and watching your child walk. Because some kids start to show signs
of puberty as early as
age 7, your doctor 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
6. Order tests. Your doctor may assess your child's risk for anemia and tuberculosis
and order tests, if needed.
Here are some things to keep in mind until your child's next checkup at 8
Encourage your child to participate in a variety of activities,
including music, arts
and crafts, sports, after-school
clubs, and other activities
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
receive 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 to never share private information online.
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.