Hello, primary schooler! At 6 years old, your child is about to enter a whole new world of primary school and related activities, and find even more opportunities to grow and develop. What exciting new milestones should you look out for in your little one?
As we take you through these important developments, you should keep in mind that every child is different and each one grows at their own pace. If you have any concerns or further questions, it is always advisable to visit your paediatrician.
At 6 years old, your child will want to explore more physical activities, including different types of sports that might be introduced through school.
At this stage, your child’s average height and weight should be as follows:
Some kids will experience growth at a fast rate and may blossom into natural athletes. Others will show excellent hand-eye coordination, or neat penmanship, showing development at both gross and fine motor skills development levels.
If your child
Your 6 year old child is just getting used to solving problems alone. While he still remains obedient to adults, there is also a keenness to perform tasks independently.
At this age, it’s also common for children to see things in black and white with no “grey” areas. For example, “Timmy is SO mean.” This is a normal part of cognitive development at this age, and as your child develops on this front, you’ll notice his ability to start seeing “in-betweens.”
If your child
Your child will make plenty of new friendships as he enters the world of school, and learn to negotiate the “rules” of socialisation. Your little one will also start to understand that not all friendships are the same, and may even have “best friends.”
Peer approval also becomes important to kids of this age. Your child will also be keen to please teachers and friends alike, and will also show more awareness about other people’s feelings.
Here are some other developments you may notice in your 6 year old child:
If your child
Your 6-year-old child is a proper little chatterbox, capable of conducting conversations, asking questions, and even engaging in debates and arguments.
Your child at this age typically has a 2,600 word expressive vocabulary (words he can say) and a receptive vocabulary (words understood) of around 20,000 words.
Let’s take a look at more developments in this arena:
If your child
Children around this age will experience an increase of energy needs which means your child’s food intake may rise as well. Typically, a 6-year-old child needs around 1,700 to 1,800 calories, depending on activity levels.
The calorie intake for boys and girls of this age are as follows:
In that regard, your kids around this age should ideally consume the following on a daily basis:
Make sure to add whole grains such as oatmeal, quinoa, whole-wheat bread, popcorn, brown or wild rice into your child’s meals. Your child would need 4 to 6 ounces worth of grains daily for good energy levels. This could consist of 1 to 2 ounces of dry cereal, 2 slices of bread, or 3/4 cup of cooked pasta.
For milk or dairy, your little one needs a daily intake of around 2.5 cups worth. So, 1/2 to 1 whole cup of milk or yogurt will do the trick. This enables your child’s bones to grow healthy and strong.
Protein is important at this age since it supports your child’s proper growth. Your child needs 3 to 5 ounces of protein daily, which is 1 egg, or a child’s palm-sized portion of chicken, beef or fish.
Fruits and vegetables are important for your 6-year-old child for good health and immunity. For fruits, they need 1 to 2 cups a day, and vegetables around the same quantity. Try starting your child’s day with a small bowl of fruit salad, and add around 1 cup of mixed vegetables in rice or noodles.
Typically by this age, most children should have had the following vaccinations:
But if that hasn’t been the case, we’d recommend that you check with your physician for those still left, on a regular basis.
As your child spends more time in school, he/she may or may not likely contract common colds and the flu. So keep an eye out for rashes or itching.
To manage the three most common medical issues in kids – fever, cough, and cold – try the following:
It’s crucial to note here that while some medications can be bought without any prescriptions, your first option of treatment for mild health issues should be simple home remedies. For example, a child with a cold and cough should be given extra-warm fluids.
He or she could gargle with warm salt water for a sore throat remedy. Meanwhile, nasal saline solution will help decongest the nasal passage.
Check with the doctor if your child’s immunization records are up-to-date.
Please do not hesitate to contact your doctor or paediatrician if your child
In all these cases, you should see a doctor without any delay.