Middle Childhood Health Concerns
Hearing, Vision, Teeth, and Obesity
By: Molly Mahoney
- Well developed at this age level.
- At age 11 children auditory awareness as adults.
- Ear infections can cause problems when left untreated.
- Decrease in ear infections due to structural changes.
- Eustachian tube: connects middle ear to throat.
- Eustachian tube has changed positions.
- That prevents the bacterial fluid from the mouth to the ear.
- Most preschoolers are somewhat farsighted.
- Farsighted: Can see distance but not close up.
- During middle childhood vision improves.
- Nearsighted can be a problem at this age.
- Nearsighted: Can see close but not distance.
- Corrective Lenses help overcome being nearsighted.
- 25% of children need corrective lenses by the end of the school year.
- Begins to lose "baby" teeth at this age.
- The first teeth to fall out is central incisors.
- Primary teeth are replaced with permanent teeth.
- Tooth loss can have psychological effects.
- Become self-conscious about their teeth.
- Tooth decay is caused by the following
Poor dental health
Diets high in sugar