Nine Year Visit
We will measure height, weight, and blood pressure. We will discuss diet and growth, digestive issues, sleep, safety and family life. A vision screen is performed. Developmental issues are school performance, organization abilities, home and school behavior, friendships, and out of school activities. We will begin discussions of puberty. Many children at age nine are already experiencing early stages of puberty, such as body odor, breast development, and body hair growth.
Even if your child is not experiencing the changes, we encourage parents to discuss puberty openly and honestly. Children are aware of the changes in their peers and older siblings, and will have many questions. We also can provide many resources for children and parents in having these discussions. Many children have a sense of modesty by this age, and we encourage parents to consider whether the children are comfortable with siblings in the exam room during the physical exam.
No immunizations are scheduled, but will be reviewed.