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Nine- to Ten-Year-Olds

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Updated March 27, 2011

By nine to ten years, you should regularly talk to your child about the proper habits that can help him lead a healthy life.
A ten-year-old with braces.

A ten-year-old with braces.

Photo (c) Shelly Perry
These healthy habits include getting proper nutrition (eating three meals a day and two nutritious snacks, limiting high sugar and high fat foods, eating fruits and vegetables, lean meats and low fat dairy products, including 4 servings of milk, cheese or yogurt to meet his calcium needs), regular exercise, adequate sleep (nine hours each night), and participation in extracurricular activities at school and in the community.

It also is very important to begin communicating with your preteen child to help prevent him from picking up bad habits, including the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs (including the use of inhalants, especially aerosols and glue).

What You Need To Know About Your Nine- To Ten-Year-Old

  • Encourage self esteem and a positive self image in your child.
  • Teach stranger awareness.
  • According the latest car seat guidelines, children should sit in a belt-positioning booster seat until they are "old enough and large enough" for the seat belts to protect them properly, which usually isn't until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall (57 inches) and are between 8 and 12 years old.
  • Watch for the warning signs of drug use, including a sudden change in his behavior or personality, decreased performance in school, or changes in which friends he associates with.
  • At the 9- to 10-year-old checkup, you can expect a complete physical exam, a review of nutrition and sleep schedules, measurement of your child's height, weight and blood pressure. Your child will also receive his Varivax booster (if he hasn't had chickenpox), if he hasn't had it already, and any other shots she is missing.
  • Common School Age Problems

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