Growth and Development, Ages 6 to 10 Years
When to Call a Doctor
Talk to your child's doctor if you are concerned that your child:
- Is not meeting growth or development milestones for his or her age.
- Has signs that he or she is entering Reference puberty Opens New Window at a very early age (before 8 for girls, and 9 for boys).
- Exhibits unusually aggressive behavior or shows signs of Reference bullying Opens New Window others. Boys, especially, may behave aggressively when they are faced with a difficult situation. Girls are more likely to shun other girls and gossip about others. For more information, see the topic Reference Bullying.
- Struggles to understand or use spoken or written language. Having learning problems in school could be a sign of a Reference learning disability Opens New Window.
- Shows signs of Reference attention deficit hyperactivity disorder Opens New Window (ADHD), such as Reference inattention, Reference impulsivity, and/or Reference hyperactivity, that are causing problems at home or school.
- Seems withdrawn or Reference depressed Opens New Window. Girls are more likely than boys to react to problems quietly. This behavior can make it hard for parents and teachers to recognize that they are troubled. A child who does not have any friends and who does not seem to be interested in anything at home or at school may be depressed.
Sometimes school counselors or teachers identify children who are having difficulties doing schoolwork, participating in gym classes, or socializing with other children. They can recommend a course of action that may involve a Reference family doctor Opens New Window or Reference pediatrician Opens New Window.
As your child becomes more involved at school and with friends, sports, and other activities, your skills as a parent will be tested. You may want to talk with your doctor if you feel overwhelmed. Also, classes that are often offered by schools, churches, or community groups can help you learn valuable parenting skills.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference August 3, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics