Health and Safety 9-10 Years

Your Growing Child
  • Nine and ten year old children are on the brink of adolescence. They will become more aware of their body as puberty approaches. They are very curious about the world around them including the different relationships they see around them. This may be the time to discuss what a healthy adolescent relationship is. In the next few years, they will experience significant changes in physical development as they enter puberty. You can help make this transition to puberty easier by talking to your child about what changes they can expect and answering any questions they may have. 
  • Healthy friendships are important to your child’s development. They have a strong desire to belong to a group and to fit in, and may be more susceptible to peer influence and peer pressure. Encourage them to make choices that are healthy and to be kind to themselves and others.
  • Just as with adults, children can experience stress, anxiety and depression. If your child feels sad most of the time, please let us know by talking to your doctor.

Car Safety

  • The back seat is the safest place to ride in a car until your child is 13 years old.
  • Use a booster seat until the vehicle’s safety belt fits.  The lap belt can be worn low and flat on the upper thighs.  The shoulder belt can be worn across the shoulder and the child can bend at the knees while sitting against the vehicle seat back.


  • Limit TV and computer time to 2 hours a day.
  • Encourage your child to be active for at least 1 hour daily.

Healthy Teeth

  • Your child should visit the dentist at least twice a year.
  • Encourage your child to always wear a mouth guard to protect teeth while playing sports.

Your Growing Child

  • Answer questions about puberty.
  • Teach your child the importance of delaying sexual behavior. Encourage your child to ask questions.
  • If your child feels sad most of the time, please talk to us.

Stranger Safety

  • Continue to reinforce Stranger Safety rules.
  •  No one should ask for a secret to be kept from parents.
  • No one should ask to see private parts.
  • No adult should ask for help with his private parts
  • Do not open the door to a stranger.

Other Ways to Keep your Child Healthy and Safe

  • Teach your child to swim
  • Watch your child around water.
  • Use sunscreen when outside
  • Provide a good-fitting helmet and safety gear for biking, skating, in-line skating, skiing, snowboarding, scooter and horseback riding.
  • Talk to your child about not smoking cigarettes, using drugs or drinking alcohol
  • Make a plan for situations in which your child does not feel safe.
  • Get to know your child’s friends and their families
  • Still watch your child and your child’s friends when they are playing.

Many of these suggestions come from the American Academy of Pediatrics 
Bright Futures Recommendations.

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