Routine Well Visit: 9-10 years

Development - What to Expect

  • Has group of friends.
  • Reads for pleasure.
  • Engages in hobbies.
  • Becomes more independent and responsible.
  • Monitor for bullying.
  • Derives sense of accomplishment from school performance.
  • Should monitor school performance and seek extra help or tutoring as needed. It is important to identify any concerns early.
  • Should have list of chores to do around the house.


  • Your child must be in a booster seat until the adult safety belts fit correctly (approximately age 8-12 or when height reaches 49"). The safest place for children is in the back seat.
  • Should be able to swim independently, so review swim safety.
  • Use sunscreen SPF 50 in the summer.
  • Use insect repellants containing DEET or Picaridin.
  • Ensure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working appropriately
  • Limit total screen time (TV, mobile devices, computer, iPad, videogames, etc.) to less than 1 hour per day.
  • Counsel your child to avoid use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, or inhalants and be clear about the dangers these behaviors present.
  • Always wear helmets when riding bike or scooter.
  • Discuss "stranger danger" — teach your child that it is never okay for an adult to tell a child to keep secrets, or to express interest in private parts.
  • Review gun safety

Visit, search topics like "Safety for Your Child", "Booster Seats for SchoolAged Children", "Fire Safety"; for resources,


  • Encourage healthy foods, including plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Limit sugary, high fat and low nutrient foods & beverages.
  • encourage family meals without any distractions like TV and electronics.
  • Emphasize the importance of regular exercise
  • Emphasize the importance of regular exercise

Visit:; Family/Social and Behavior for resources