For most scientists, middle childhood is children between 6 and 11. During these years a lot of changes happen for children. This is normally when children first begin school and start a social relationship with peers. Middle childhood is when children although still extremely dependent on their parents began to branch out and become social individuals of their own. Physically children at this age are going through changes; the still developing immune system is still pretty weak. Immunizations become vital around this age, providing your children with protection from diseases like: chicken pox and measles. Illnesses such as asthma and pneumonia are also environmental conditions that can be onset by cold weather and infections. The first few years of school for most children is the time when they are most likely to contract illnesses. During play and being around other children who may be sick, your children are exposed to various germs and viruses daily. Illnesses like cold, stomach virus, pinkeye, ear infections, and flu are common among middle childhood aged children. Most of which, are contagious and can be passed through sneezing, coughing, or any type of physical contact making it easy for children to contract and pass on these diseases. To help with containing the spread of these illnesses there are a few things that parents can do and remind their children to do to keep them healthy.
1 1. Ensure that your child is up to date on immunizations.
2 2. Reminder: wash your hands after using the bathroom.
3 3. Reminder: cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
4 4. Reminder: keep dirty hands away from your eyes and mouth.
5 5. Reminder: don’t share foods and drinks with your friends.