Growth between the ages of 6 and 10 usually occurs in spurts but progresses at an overall steady pace. Most children gain an average of 3 kg (7 lb) and6 cm (2.5 in.) each year. Healthy growth is different for every child, and your child will grow at his or her own pace. Your child's natural growth rate may be slower or faster.
The loss of baby teeth and their replacement by permanent teeth is one of the most dramatic signs of physical development for this age group. Children lose and replace about four baby teeth a year during this period.
In North America, puberty in girls is signalled by the development of breast buds. For boys, one of the first signs of puberty is enlargement of the testicles.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics Thomas M. Bailey, MD, CCFP - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics