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Your child is growing quickly and is more mature than in his or her younger years. Your child will want more freedom and responsibility. But your child still needs you to set limits and help guide his or her behaviour. You also need to teach your child how to be safe when away from home.
In this age group, most children enjoy being with friends. They are starting to become more independent and improve their decision-making skills. While they like you and still listen to you, they may start to show irritation with or lack of respect for adults in charge.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Tell your child why you think school is important. Show interest in your child's school. Encourage your child to join a school team or activity. If your child is having trouble with classes, you might try getting a tutor. If your child is having problems with friends, other students, or teachers, work with your child and the school staff to find out what is wrong.
Influenza (flu) immunization is recommended once a year for all children ages 6 months and older. Starting at age 9, everyone should get the human papillomavirus (HPV) series of shots. A meningococcal and Tdap shots may also be recommended around this time. A Tdap shot is recommended to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. Check with your doctor or provincial ministry of health to learn about the vaccine recommendations in your area.
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics & John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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