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Your doctor and/or nurse will probably:
1. Check your child’s weight and height, calculate body mass index (BMI), and plot the measurements on growth charts.
2. Check your child’s blood pressure and vision, if your child is able to cooperate.
3. Ask questions, address concerns, and offer guidance about how your child is:
Eating. Growth is slow and steady during the preschool years. Offer three meals and two nutritious snacks a day. Even if your child is a picky eater, keep offering a variety of healthy foods.
Peeing and pooping. Your preschooler may be potty trained or using the potty during the day. Even so, it is common for kids this age to have an occasional accident during the day and still need a diaper at night. If your child has not yet shown the signs of being ready to potty train, tell your doctor. Also let the doctor know if your child is constipated, has diarrhea, seems to be “holding it,” or was potty trained but is now having problems.
Sleeping. Preschoolers sleep about 10–13 hours a day. Most kids this age still take a nap during the day.
Developing. By 3 years, it’s common for many kids to:
4. Do a physical exam with your child undressed while you are present. This will include an eye exam, teeth exam, listening to the heart and lungs, and paying attention to speech and language development.
5. Update immunizations. Immunizations can protect kids from serious childhood illnesses, so it’s important that your child get them on time. Immunization schedules can vary from office to office, so talk to your doctor about what to expect.
6. Order tests. Your doctor may assess your child’s risk for anemia, lead exposure, and tuberculosis and order tests, if needed.
Here are some things to keep in mind until your child’s next checkup at 4 years:
These checkup sheets are consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)/Bright Futures guidelines.
These age-specific guides can help you be prepared for and keep track of your well-child visits.
Doctors use certain milestones to tell if a child is developing as expected. Here are some things your toddler may be doing.
The more comfortable you are with placing your child in preschool and the more familiar the setting is for your child, the fewer problems you – and your child – will encounter.
Enrolling your little one in preschool can be a time filled with many questions. Find out how to establish an open, clear channel of communication with your child’s preschool teacher.
Communicating with a child is one of the most pleasurable and rewarding experiences for both parent and child. Learn how to connect with your 2- to 3-year-old.
During the preschool years, kids are more willing to cooperate. So it’s a great time to teach them about healthy food choices in new and exciting ways.
Your preschooler eats lunch, then 20 minutes later claims to be hungry. Is a snack OK? Maybe yes, maybe no. Here’s why.
Preschoolers have a lot of energy, and the physical skills and coordination to ride a tricycle or chase a butterfly.
Kids this age are naturally active, so be sure to provide lots of opportunities for your child to practice basic skills, such as running, kicking, and throwing.
Regular well-child exams are essential to keeping kids healthy and up-to-date with immunizations against dangerous diseases. Here’s what to expect at the doctor’s office.
Building a relationship with your child’s doctor requires communication and reasonable expectations.
During the third year of life, toddlers are extremely active and mobile, and are learning in very physical ways.
Get tips and advice on helping your child make the switch from diapers to big-kid underwear â for good!
Vaccines help keep kids healthy, but many parents still have questions about them. Get answers here.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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