Well-child visits: Ages 7-12 years

BMI: What's your child's number?

BMI is a screening tool to assess a child's height and weight. This checks how their growth compares with others of the same sex and age. There is no ideal number. Healthy children come in all shapes and sizes. Ideally, each child will follow the same growth pattern over time. Kids who learn to enjoy a variety of foods and regular exercise (play time) will develop a healthy lifestyle.

Ask your doctor what your child's BMI is at each well-child visit and ask what it means.

Antibiotics aren't the answer to everything

Most illnesses are caused by either bacteria or viruses. Antibiotics can cure illnesses caused by bacteria, such as pneumonia or sinus infections. However, they don't cure the common cold or flu. With these illnesses, you just have to ride it out—get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids. So, what's the harm if your child takes antibiotics when they’re not needed? It can make some bacteria stronger and harder to kill, which can result in more severe illnesses that even antibiotics can't cure. To prevent this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges people to take antibiotics only when needed and as directed by their doctor.

For more tips, visit the CDC website, or call 800.CDC.INFO.

What's the difference between the flu and a cold?

Flu

  • Feel achy
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sore throat (maybe)


Cold

  • Stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Headache (maybe)

Health tips

To prevent a cold:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Cover your cough
  • Sneeze into your sleeve, not your hands

To prevent the flu, do all of the above AND:
Get a flu shot every year in the fall. Any child with asthma, diabetes, heart problems, or a chronic condition needs a flu shot and a pneumonia shot. Ask your doctor what is best for your child.

Are your child's immunizations up-to-date?

Check out our Preventive Health Care Guidelines or ask your doctor.