- Nonfat or 1% milk is recommended at this age. Your child should get about 16-24 ounces (2-3 cups) of milk per day.
- Children are often picky eaters at this age. This is usually normal. It is due to normal slowing of their growth rate and their increasing independence.
- Juice is optional. Your child does not need juice. If you give juice, give no more than 4-6 ounces (1/2-2/3 a cup) a day. Give juice only once a day.
- All children should take a daily multivitamin.
- Your child should always ride in a car seat in the back seat of the car
- 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.
- Continue home childproofing: electric outlet covers, poison prevention, choking prevention and drowning prevention.
- 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 3 and 4 years of age
- Speak in complete sentence and speech is easy to understand.
- Asks a lot of questions, especially “why?”
- Toilet trained and child washes hands independently
- Copies circle and cuts paper with children’s scissors
- Pedals tricycle
- Encourage language development, read to your child everyday and talk a lot with your child.
- Limit TV time to no more then 2 hours per day.
- Brush your child’s teeth twice a day. Use fluoride toothpaste (a small, pea-sized dab).
- Regular dental checkups every 6 months are recommended.
- Consider enrolling your child in preschool
- Protect your child from the sun. Use sunscreen SPF 30 or higher, with both UVA and UVB protection.
- Return for a flu vaccine every fall/winter: The first year that your child gets a flu vaccine, they need two doses given at least one month apart to be protected.
Next Check Up: In 1 Year when your child is 4 years old
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