Childhood obesity is often a problem at this age, with many kids getting too many calories from what they are drinking. How much should your kids be drinking? Keep in mind that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that 8-year-olds get about 3 servings of low fat milk (older kids aged 9-18 years old get about 4 servings of low fat milk or other foods high in calcium) and only 8-12 ounces of 100% pasteurized fruit juice a day.
Anything else your child is drinking should be limited to water most of the times, although you might make an exception for a sport's drink, like Gatorade, after heavy exercise.
What You Need To Know About Your Seven- to Eight-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 when they reach the weight and height harness strap limits of their forward-facing car seat. The move to regular seat belts should not occur until kids 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.
- At the 7- to 8-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. A screening vision test and hearing test will also likely be done.
Common School Age Problems
Seven- to Eight-Year-Old School Age Topics
- Your Seven- to Eight-Year-Old
- School Age Kids
- Nutrition Facts Quiz
- Food Pyramid
- Pool Safety Tips
- Youth Sports
- Brown Bag School Lunches
- Home Fire Escape Plans
- Skateboard and Scooter Injuries
- Missing Kids
- Are Head Lice Contagious?
- Are my kids ready for seat belts yet?
- Short Children
- When Should Puberty Start?
- Buying a Trampoline
- Parenting of K-6 Children