Middle Childhood Health Concerns

By: Bianca Cuevas

Hearing

  • Awareness of midrange sounds develops first
  • Ear infections can be a health problem
  • The number of ear infections decreases
  • The Eustachian tube has changed positions
  • Prevents bacteria from moving
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Vision

  • Six year olds can read
  • Nearsightedness is the most common vision problem
  • 25% of children will need their vision corrected
  • Close up work can lead to nearsightedness
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Teeth

  • Begin losing their 'baby" teeth
  • The first to fall out are the central incisors
  • 12 year olds will have 20 permanent teeth
  • Tooth loss can have a psychological effect
  • Tooth decay is a common health problem
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Obesity

  • Affects 25% of school-age children
  • Children with obesity may lack self-esteem
  • Physical inactivity may cause it
  • Family stress is another factor
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