Middle Childhood Health Concerns

Taylor Brown

Hearing

  • Awareness of midrange sounds develop first
  • followed by high-range and low-range
  • Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss
  • The Eustachian tube helps prevents bacteria and fluids from moving from mouth and the ear

Vision

  • By age 6 most children are ready to read
  • Many preschoolers are somewhat farsighted (can see object far clearly)
  • Throughout middle childhood, nearsighted (can see objects close up clear)
  • Estimated 25% of children will need to have their vision corrected by the end of the school years

Teeth

  • Begin losing their primary or "baby" teeth
  • The first teeth to fall out are the central incisors (lower and upper front teeth)
  • Facial bones will grow to help accommodate the larger, permanent teeth
  • Tooth loss can have can have a psychological effect on some children
  • Most common health problem is tooth decay
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Obesity

  • Children will tend to have less friends
  • As a result low self esteem
  • Environment, genetics, and family stress are and can be factors to a child's weight gain
  • A child's eating habits can be affected by abuse, death of family member, alcoholism, or divorce
  • Obesity is commonly now days by always watching television, and playing video games rather than playing outside and being active
  • Obesity can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes