Anticipatory Guidance 8 Year Checkup

Family

  • Establish consistent family routine
  • Advocate with teacher for child with school difficulties/bullying
  • Computer use/safety

Development and Behavior

  • Continue daily chores to develop sense of accomplishment and increase self-confidence
  • Encourage constructive conflict resolution, demonstrate at home
  • Establish consistent limits/rules and consistent consequences
  • Limit TV/computer time to 2 hours/day
  • Show affection/praise for good behaviors
  • Discuss school activities and school work

Nutrition

  • Provide nutritious 3 meals and 2 snacks; limit sweets/sodas/high-fat foods
  • Healthy weight
  • Importance of breakfast
  • 5 servings fruit/vegetables daily
  • Limit juice/ensure adequate calcium intake

Routine Care

  • Establish tooth brushing routine twice a day; floss daily
  • Establish consistent bedtime routine
  • Encourage outdoor play for 1 hour/day

Safety

  • During sports wear protective gear at all times
  • Continued use of booster seat in back seat of car until 4ft 9in or 8 years old
  • Develop a family plan for exiting house in a fire/establish meeting place after exit
  • Get to know child’s friends and their parents
  • Lock up guns
  • Provide home safety for fire/carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Provide safe/quality after-school care
  • Supervise when near or in water even if child knows how to swim
  • Teach how to answer the door/telephone
  • Teach self-safety for personal privacy
  • Teach street safety/running after balls/crossing street/riding bicycle/boarding bus
  • Use of helmet when riding bicycle, skating etc.

 

Last updated February 25, 2015