- Nonfat or 1% milk is recommended at this age. Your child should get about 16-24 ounces (2-3 cups) of milk per day.
- Your child does not need sweetened drinks (like juice, soda, Gatorade, lemonade, punch, Koolaid, etc). If you give them, give no more than 4-6 ounces (1/2-2/3 a cup) a day and give only once a day.
- It is better for your child to drink milk and water rather than sweetened drinks.
- Limit candy, fast food, junk foods and snack foods to occasional treats, not all the time.
- Your child should eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables everyday.
- All children should take a daily multivitamin.
- Your child should always ride in a car seat or a booster seat (usually by 40 pounds) in the back seat of the car
- Your child should continue to ride in a booster seat until about 80 pounds or 4 feet 9 inches tall.
- Your child should always wear a bike helmet when riding a bicycle, and a helmet and pads when rollerskating, rollerblading or riding a scooter or skateboard.
- Gun safety: It is SAFEST not to have guns in the home with children.
- If guns are in the home, they should be locked up, unloaded, and the ammunition kept locked separately.
- Normal development for children between 5 and 6 years of age
- Starting school.
- Knows alphabet, learns to write name, draws simple shapes
- Knows phone number, home address and parents’ last names
- Dresses independently and has simple chores
- Encourage daily reading and read with your child.
- Limit TV time and total screen time (computer, internet, video games, X-Box, Play Station, Wii, etc) to no more then 2 hours per day.
- Brush your child’s teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- Regular dental checkups every 6 months are recommended.
- This is a good age for swimming lessons
- Protect your child from the sun. Use sunscreen SPF 30 or higher, with both UVA and UVB protection.
- All children should receive the flu vaccine every year in the fall.
Next Check Up: In 1 Year when your child is 6 years old
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