Middle Childhood Health Concerns

Hearing, Vision, Teeth, and Obesity

By: Molly Mahoney

Hearing

  • 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.

Vision

  • 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.

Teeth

  • 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

and
Diets high in sugar

Obesity

  • Obesity: Characterized by explicated bodily fat.
  • Seriously impact a child's emotional health.
  • Reflects of family members eating habits.
  • Overweight in childhood most likely overweight as adults.
  • Can cause serious problems through life.
  • Change in parents then there will be a change in child