Medical Care and Your 6- to 12-Year-Oldenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-medCare6To12-enHD-AR1.jpgRegular well-child exams are essential to keep kids healthy and up-to-date with immunizations. Find out what to expect at the doctor's office.medical care, taking my child to the doctor, what happens at the doctor's office, going to the doctor, physical examinations, exam rooms, physical growth and developments, sexual developments, emotional growth, emotions and behaviors, well-child exams, talking to the doctor, CD1Primary Care05/18/200006/26/201906/26/2019Mary L. Gavin, MD06/17/20198e238cac-8901-4fcd-988d-ed4eedd5632bhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/medical-care-6-12.html/<h3>At the Doctor's Office</h3> <p>Regular well-child exams are an important part of keeping kids healthy and up to date on <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vaccine.html/" style="font-size: 1em;">immunizations</a> against many serious childhood diseases.</p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/checkups.html/">Checkups</a> also are a chance for you and the doctor to talk about developmental and safety issues, and for you to get answers to any questions about your child's overall health. As kids grow, they can also ask their own questions about their health and changing body.</p> <p>At yearly exams, kids are weighed and measured, and their results are plotted on <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/growth-charts.html/">growth charts</a> for weight, height, and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bmi-charts.html/">body mass index (BMI)</a>. Using these charts, doctors can see how kids are growing compared with other kids the same age and gender. The doctor will take a medical and family history and do a physical exam.</p> <p>During the visit, your child's blood pressure, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vision.html/">vision</a>, and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hear.html/">hearing</a> will be checked. Your child may be screened for anemia, tuberculosis, or high cholesterol.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12.16px;">Immunizations given might include:</span></p> <ul> <li>tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis booster (Tdap)</li> <li>first <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hpv-vaccine.html/">HPV vaccine</a></li> <li>first <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/meningitis-vaccine.html/">meningococcal vaccine</a></li> </ul> <p>The <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/flu-vaccine-good.html/">flu vaccine</a>, given before flu season each year, also is recommended.</p> <p>The doctor might also&nbsp;ask about your child's sleep, exercise,&nbsp;and eating habits. A yearly exam also lets older kids talk with their doctors&nbsp;about any questions they have about <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/understanding-puberty.html/">puberty</a>.</p> <p>The doctor also might talk with&nbsp;your child about the importance of personal care and hygiene; warn against using alcohol, tobacco, or drugs; and stress safety (wearing a bicycle helmet, using seatbelts, etc.).</p> <p>The doctor also may ask about and provide counseling on behavioral issues, learning problems, difficulties at school, and other concerns.</p> <p>As your child becomes a teen, the doctor may ask you to leave the room to allow&nbsp;a more private conversation. It's an important part of kids moving toward independence and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/teen-health-care.html/">taking responsibility</a> for their own health.</p> <h3>If You Suspect a Medical Problem</h3> <p>Parents usually can judge if their child is sick enough for a visit to the doctor. Some symptoms that may require a doctor's attention include:</p> <ul> <li>changes in weight or eating habits</li> <li>changes in behavior or sleep patterns</li> <li>failure to progress in height or pubertal development as expected</li> <li>menstrual problems</li> <li>a fever and looking sick</li> <li>frequent, long-lasting vomiting or diarrhea</li> <li>signs of a skin infection or an unusual or lasting rash</li> <li>stubborn cough, wheezing, or other breathing problems</li> <li>localized pain</li> </ul> <h3>Common Medical Problems</h3> <p>Common problems found in this age group include sleep disorders, bedwetting, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/strep-throat.html/">strep throat</a>, and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cold.html/">colds</a>. 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